In 2011, Barry Cox had an idea to build a church. He wasn’t a clergyman and he wasn’t after fame and fortune; in fact, he originally intended for the church to be a place to, as he put it, “retreat from society.”
For four years, Cox built his quiet sanctuary on his property near Cambridge in New Zealand.
The church is made almost entirely out of living trees set upon three aces of shaded gardens and a historical labyrinth based on Jericho City in 460 B.C.E.
Cox used an iron frame to create the structure, using cut-leaf alder to cover the roof’s shape. Cox envisions that as the branches grow and become stronger, he’ll be able to remove the iron framework entirely.
Although it was originally a labor of solitude, Barry Cox opened his green doors to the public.
This space, called the Tree Church, is open for private events, photography and tours.
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