Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Crossville, TN Treehouse for God

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LIKE THE LATE HOWARD FINSTER, ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS FOLK ARTISTS OF THE 20th CENTURY, a Crossville, TN minister named Horace Burgess says God commanded him to make art. Only in this case, it was not to make over 100 thousand paintings, but to build the worlds largest treehouse. He took the commandment seriously. Minister Burgess has spent the last 14 years of his life building the 100 foot tall structure, which contains some 80+ rooms and dozens of porches, overlooks, nooks and stairways. Built from scrap wood, the site stands in a rural area, but is attracting people from all over the country.

Minister Burgess says he hopes the 10-story structure will bring people closer to God.

If you wish to see this incredible art environment, it is located on Beehive Lane, in Crossville, TN. From Interstate 40, take exit 320 and go north onto Hwy. 298 to Cook Road to Beehive Lane. Admission is free.


I found these images via funster.us.
But they originally came from a very cool blog called
Baking With Medusa. Check out the site!

10 comments:

chiaroscuro said...

This is awesome! It is so empty it looks like a movie set.

opla plaza said...

bravo

Paul D'Ambrosio said...

This is an incredible site, and it underscores how fragile this art form is. Do they allow people to enter the treehouse?

CPeterson said...

does anyone know if it's meant to be occupied? I'm wondering whether it's nature is that of "object" or "functional space"

John Foster said...

Hi Paul: Absolutely, people are allowed to roam through and explore the tree house. What I wonder is, when are city officials going to get involved and ruin the whole thing (building codes, etc.) That... would be a shame.

Candler Arts said...

And I was fretting about the work involved building storage in our garage. This will inspire me to get to it.

Albert said...

This is beyond amazing. I wish I could transport myself there for about 2 hours to get some much needed alone time with God. LOVE IT!!!!!!!

cowboy said...

Worth the stop. Better than the swiss family robinson tree house at disney. cause it was a built with true heart!It was amazing!!! There is a donation box. We put some money in it hoping to take care of any repairs that are needed from the public always going through it and vandalizing. I hope the "no tresspassing" sign keeps all of the sue happy ass holes out cause there always seems to be that one person that ruins it for everybody!!!

I2BZ2W8 said...

I am staying in Crossville at the Fairfield Glade Resort..and we found this place yesterday and the boys climbed to the top and rang the bell in top tower...there were people of all ages there and from every where..if you look out of the tower you can see the word Jesus and a Cross written in the grass in the field below..

Brandon, Lucie and Aiden Wengert said...

Wow, makes me want to go visit it!

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