28 Sep The Steampunk Tree House featured on AOL Real Estate
Artist Sean Orlando says that one of the primary benefits of his ultrahip tree house is “you can see your enemies coming from a mile away.”
Designed in 2007 as an art installation for the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nev., the home and 40-foot metal tree it sits in were created almost entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials by 60 volunteers in Oakland, Calif. (Five Ton Crane Arts Group)
Created “to explore the relationship between our rapidly changing natural world and the persistent human drive to connect with it and one another,” the 15-by-12-foot home cost approximately $60,000 to construct and contains a wood-burning stove to keep it warm, a telescope for bird-watching, and a steam calliope for creating music. The surrounding metal “tree” is equipped with LED lights in the branches (giving it a post-apocalyptic firefly effect) as well as a steam generator for spooky effects at night.
While the Tree House doesn’t have a kitchen or bathroom, it does have an amazingly Jules Verne-ian interior complete with stained glass windows and Tim Burton-esque furniture. Both the house and tree have taken up permanent residence at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del.
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The Steampunk Tree House, Delaware