You will not believe the wonder that is Cattedrale Vegetale, or Tree Cathedral.
Architecture is a marvel of human capability and innovation. We have constructed some of the most amazing structures since time immemorial and many of the greats still stand the test of time. When it comes to considering gigantic buildings, we usually think of wonders or cathedrals, and rightly so. These marvelous works of art, technology, and masonry are pivotal to many a society and civilization throughout the millennia. There have been many notable architects who have paved the foundation for a future of formidable construction and innovative designs. Over the centuries, these architects have experimented with various materials and styles of construction, and some have totally blown our minds.
Giuliano Marui is an Italian artist who works as a designer in natural architecture. He has taken part in numerous architecture collaborations such as the Venice Biennale, Milan Triennale, and Biennale of Penne. He created intricate structures such as windmills, towers, and large chests using hundreds of branches and logs that were carefully woven together to form durable, free-standing creations.
Among his many works and designs is the famous Cattedrale Vegetale, or otherwise known as Tree Cathedral. This is without a doubt the most beautiful of all his creations and you'll see exactly why that is so. This Tree Cathedral is a work of art where Mauri planted two groves of trees that will eventually grow into breathtaking basilicas. The Cathedral has 42 columns forming a basilica for five isles.
To begin with, he started making the structure of his Tree Cathedral by drafting cages with tree stumps. Then he worked with branches and tree trunks until it was complete. After that, he went on to plant the two groves of trees which included 80 horn-bean saplings inside the cages. Over time, these will slowly grow into large trees that will fill the gap as the wood disintegrates over time. It was an immense project that ended up using 1,800 spruce trunks along with 600 chestnut tree branches which are then fixed together using 6,000 meters of hazelnut twigs. This was made possible by using traditional means of intertwining and weaving. Due to this, the trees will gradually grow and create a natural roof over the cathedral.
The Tree Cathedral stands at the foot of Mount Arera, in Northern Italy. It's a pretty huge cathedral at 650 sq. meters so it was no wonder that it took months to create it. The structure is over 90 feet long, 80 feet wide, and has a variable height between 16 feet up to 70 feet. All said and done, it's truly an amazing sight to behold and all the credit goes to the artist and all others involved in the construction. Mauri had begun work on this back in 2001 but passed away in 2009 before it was completed. A year later, others took up his work and completed it to pay a fitting tribute to Mauri, his art, and architecture. The Tree Cathedral, in fact, is intended to inspire reflection on nature: its glory, its fragility, its endurance.