Design Architecture Californian Tree Nests: Inspired by Birds, Built for People By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger starting in 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated October 11, 2018 ©. Jayson Fann Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design © Jayson Fann As we've seen previously with the wide range of amazing treehouses to tree tents and tree lounges, there's more than one way to hang out in a tree. 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. © Jayson Fann 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. © Jayson Fann 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. © Jayson Fann © Jayson Fann © Jayson Fann 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. © Jayson Fann Check out more of Jayson Fann's nests at the Big Sur Spirit Garden website.