Artist inserts nostalgic little treehouses among ordinary houseplants

Jedediah Corwyn Voltz
© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz

Though they may not seem like talkers, plants do occupy a world of their own -- and often, we're only aware of it after we make efforts to pay attention more closely. Artists have highlighted this mysterious, vibrant plant realm in surprising ways, and Los Angeles-based artist Jedediah Corwyn Voltz is no exception, constructing these tiny treehouses hidden in houseplants to draw attention to this invisible dimension.

Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz
Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz

Seen over at This Is Colossal, Voltz's miniature dwellings are perched amongst potted plants and bonsai. They are quaintly detailed -- furnished with chairs, tables, even tiny houseplants -- giving the sense that there are little people living there, having just stepped out of the house.

Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz
Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz

Voltz has over ten years of professional prop-making experience from the film industry. Using scrap pieces of wood, silken textile scraps, and diminutive, painted pieces of furniture and art that looks like it's dollhouse-ready, he intertwines these fanciful structures in ordinary plants that we usually wouldn't notice, punctuating them with chimney flues, woodstoves and windmills.

Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz
Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz

The planthouses aren't as intricate and Zen-like as some of the other works we've seen previously, but there is a simple, bucolic charm to their ramshackle appearance.

Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz
Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz
Jedediah Corwyn Voltz© Jedediah Corwyn Voltz

Rising up like little lookouts in the canopy, these houseplant treehouses are adorable and appeal to the child-like imagination, bringing us back to old memories of climbing up and building tree forts during those sweltering summer days of youth. Starting April 23, you can check out Voltz's latest houseplant interventions at Virgil Normal. More over at This Is Colossal and Jedediah Corwyn Voltz.

Tags: Artists | Arts | Gardening

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