Climb Into These Artistic Tree Houses Built Among The Sydney Gum Trees

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We are screaming from the tree tops! Your kids can soon have their very own home among the gum trees with the Eveleigh Tree House, a public artwork by Sydney-based visual artist Nell commissioned for construction at Eveleigh Green park.

The free-to-the-public artwork, curated by Carriageworks, will consist of a series of interconnected pods created out of hundreds of individually forged steel gum leaves. The tree house pods are currently under construction and will be nestled amongst the existing gum tress at Eveleigh Green located within South Eveleigh. And it could be any day now, we're told you can walk among the trees mid to late 2019. 

It seems everything Carriageworks touches turns to gold - did you see the spectacular exhibition, Until by Nick Cave? It was mind-blowingly, shimmering in crystal and gold flakes good. And we dare say, these tree houses will be even better. 

Nell was inspired by the history and character of the nearby Eveleigh Locomotive precinct and wanted to pay homage to the Gadigal land on which the site stands. The work also embodies a personal connection to the site for the artist, whose great-grandfather worked as a boilermaker at Eveleigh from 1931-1952.

"The Tree House will capture the essence of what we as adults remember tree houses to be —a place of imagination, observation and retreat from the world," explained Nell.

Rain On Our Parade

But wait, there's more. Nell has conceived a second public art work for the precinct, Happy Rain, which takes the form of a large-scale smiling cloud wall work created from LED lighting attached to the exterior of a high-rise building. Never has rain (in Sydney) looked so exciting. 

The public art program will also include sculptural and botanical works, landmarks and meeting places created by a number of local artists. There's also a rooftop farm on the roof of a building at the Australian Technology Park which grows native and medicinal plants and bush food and offers tours that teach people about Indigenous culture. 

Australia’s first Indigenous rooftop garden showcases 2,000 native plants and opened in July, find out more here. 

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