A guy from New Zealand has spent four years of his life, training tree branches to construct an enthralling church, made from real trees. And, it is aptly named, the Tree Church.
Barry Cox, who once dreamed of becoming the Pope, used his trademark, Tree Spade, and relocated a number of mature trees to build a unique church complex on his 1.2 hectare land near Cambridge, New Zealand.
In building the structure, he carefully selected from a variety of tree species. While some have stone-colored trunks, other have thin foliage. He also made sure that the sunlight can reach his church. And, after four years, it was finally completed.
According to reports, Barry developed a fascination for church architecture after spending his youth, exploring America and Europe, riding the back of his motorcycle. He said, “I walked out my back door one day and thought, ‘That space needs a church’ – and so it began. I cleared the area in April 2011 and made the iron frame, drawing on all the research I had done over the years of studying churches”.
Originally created as a private place for relaxation, the Tree Church has been opened to the public this year. In fact, a number of couples looking to marry are now lined up to book weddings here.