Trees are the most fundamental shelters for humans and fauna alike. Vitruvius said it; Marc-Antoine Laugier drew it: Trunks equal supporting columns, the crown of leaves is the roof. Most architects have paid homage to the tree by imitating their structure, often even in stone. But why not skip a step and simplify things by actually using the trees themselves as the building?
Every two years, Venice, Italy, transforms into the center of the art world. Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia) is a major contemporary art exhibition and the closest thing art has to the Olympics. Each of the 88 countries participating this year have selected promising artists to create elaborate installations in their designated national pavilions and palazzos. The installations are now open to the public and will be trafficked by more than 350,000 visitors before the Biennale closes on November 24.
To get a first-hand look at the Biennale, be sure to follow these Instagrammers who are there documenting the sights: