The Minister’s Treehouse: A 100ft Tall Church Built Over 11 Years without Blueprints

The Minister’s Treehouse in Crossville, Tennessee is a 100ft structure built by minister Horace Burgess from the early 1990s through 2004. The entire building wraps around a giant tree and was built completely without blueprints, sprawling to an estimated 10,000 square feet inside, including a four-story swing set. Photographer Kristin Sweeting took a recent trip to the treehouse and took many of the photos above. You can also see more images by Chuck Sutherland who provided the image on top.

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The Surreal Photography of Oleg Oprisco

I’m really enjoying these surreal images by Kiev-based photographer Oleg Oprisco. His use of color and perspective is really striking and unlike anything I’ve seen before. You can follow his work more closely on 500px or Flickr.

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Wine Stain Portraits by Amelia Fais Harnas

I first covered the work of Amelia Fais Harnas last year when she had just begun experimenting with a series of portraits involving wine stains and embroidery. Harnas has spent the last few months perfecting the technique and now has some two dozen works on display. Via her website:

A portrait artist at heart, I am particularly intrigued by the challenge of trying to control the unpredictable nature of wine bleeding through fabric in order to channel the equally imprecise nature of a person’s character. In addition, the sacred aspect of wine lends itself to religious iconography, reminding many of the Shroud of Turin: one who drinks wine may come to feel a certain level of saintliness sipping on this liquid form of divinity. So, this is a form of consecration.

I’m also fascinated by the aspect of control in how she forces the wine to create line and tones, it would be great to see a video of the process.

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Remarkable Portraits Made with a Single Sewing Thread Wrapped through Nails by Kumi Yamashita

Constellation is an ongoing series of portraits by New York artist Kumi Yamashita known most prominently for her innovative light and shadow sculptures. Each image is constructed from a single unbroken black thread wound through a dense array of galvanized nails mounted on a painted white board, meaning that the darker areas within the portrait are formed solely from the density of the string. Colossal is no stranger to artworks created with thread and nails, but these are certainly some of the most impressive and intricate works I’ve ever seen made using this method.

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New Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramée

Artist Guy Laramee (previously) has recently completed a number of new sculptural works where he transforms thick tomes into incredible topographical features including mountains, caves, volcanoes, and even water. Many of the works are part of a new project titled Guan Yin, a series of work dedicated to the forces that enable individuals to endure grief and pain, or in his words “the mysterious forces thanks to which we can traverse ordeals.” If you happen to be near Quebec, a number of Laramee’s works are currently on view at Expression gallery in Saint-Hyacinthe through August 12.

Update: You can also see a number of works by Laramée at Foster/White Gallery in Seattle.

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New Brunce Munro Light Exhibition at Longwood Gardens

Artist Bruce Munro (previously) just opened a new exhibition at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania including a number of impressive translucent silos constructed from bottles. The exhibition will be up through September 11. Images above via Corriette Schoenaerts and Linden Gledhill.

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Remarkably Detailed Paper-Craft Models by Papero

I remember spending hours with my dad as a kid, constructing lightweight airplanes and simple model rockets, and even those fun dinosaur skeletons you punch out of wood. But nothing we had then comes close to the beauty and complexity of these new paper models by Papero. Created by some of Korea’s top exhibition designers, Papero comes in a wide variety of vehicles that can be constructed piece by piece and painted by hand. Pick up a set now over at Elpha3. (via design milk)

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