Some tiny houses are wonderful works of art. Now you can interact with some of these art pieces at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. The park is displaying eight “Intriguing Treehouses” created by local artists until October 2015. While you can’t live in these intricate structures, the ingenuity that goes into them can spark a few creative ideas.
Dotted around the 17 acre site are various terrestrial “treehouses” shaped like greenhouses, birdhouses, rusty shacks and massive pumpkins. “The Great Pumpkin” was built by garden volunteer, Carroll Marty, and has a crow’s nest in the roof. The “Aviary” celebrates International Migratory Bird Day on May 9 and includes various sized nests for migratory birds and clay representations of the birds.
“1872 Arbor Day Lane” is actually a working structure that can shelter you from the sun and rain. It has a lounging area and skylights. The structure was built with reclaimed wood by Scott Rummery from $29.95 plans available from Relaxshacks. “Text Hut” is made of recycled steel and contains a tiny free library and guest journal. The “Metaphotonic Pod” is shaped like a cocoon and the wings of a butterfly. The “Obon To” house was repurposed from a garden pagoda and celebrates deceased ancestors. The “Audubon Treehouse” is perfect for children with bright colors and a semi transparent ceiling. It was designed and built using the least amount of materials and waste as possible.
All the houses are for sale and range from $3,500 to $15,000, They will be on display in the Gardens until October 25, 2015.