Using sustainably harvested woods found locally, Californian artist Jayson Fann creates astounding human-sized "spirit nests" that mimicks bird-built structures and allows people to sense a special kind tranquility one can only find amongst the trees.
Fann's method begins with finding the right branches on site, after which he strips them of leaves, scattering them to lower the risk of fires. Beneath their bristling exterior, the nests have a lot of invisible structuring built in, like cross-bracing and other measures, explains Fann on My Modern Met:
The process consists of fitting the puzzle of branches into a flowing form that integrates structural integrity with artistic flow. I use tension by bending the wood and counter sunk screws that are virtually invisible to ensure a strong structure.
To ensure that the nest actually holds up, Fann builds a separate base that can support a 2,000-pound load, upon which the nest anchored on using a crane.
In addition to running a cross-cultural arts organization, Big Sur Spirit Garden, Fann has created a number of privately commissioned nests (there's one at the Esalen Institute, apparently) all along the Californian coast and elsewhere.
This one below in particular -- which is accessible to the public as a rental and overlooks the Pacific Ocean -- is situated in the Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California. Looking at the site, one can imagine sitting or sleeping in a cozy cocoon of branches and smelling the salt of the sea air -- quite the treat.
Check out more of Jayson Fann's nests at the Big Sur Spirit Garden website.