New Zealand Nature Lover Grows a Living Breathing Church from Trees
After travelling the world and being a keen observer of Churches, Barry Cox decided to construct a unique Church of his own using living trees. Designed to show how an instant garden can be created using a Tree-Spade (a huge machine used to move large trees), the New Zealand-based Tree Church gardens and Labyrinth walk is a welcomed retreat from society. "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. I wanted the roof and the walls to be distinctly different, to highlight the proportions, just like masonry churches," he says.