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Treehouses: Great Works of Literature

May 26 - September 3, 2012

Cheekwood has selected seven designers for its 2012 summer outdoor exhibition — Treehouses. Opening Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and running through September 3, Treehouses focuses on great works of literature with whimsical and traditional Treehouses in the landscape at Cheekwood.

This exhibition celebrates the ten year anniversary of the first summer exhibition at Cheekwood, Terrific Treehouses. Previous exhibitions also include Playhouses and Forts, Big Bugs, and most recently, Happily Ever After.

This year’s designers and stories include:

• The Rainbow Fish 
FIRM: Tuck-Hinton Architects
DESIGNERS: Dale Brackeen, Josh Hughes, Curtis Lesh, Rich McCoy, Adam Nicholson, Blake Rutland, Scott Wenz, Janie Wright and Oren Yarbrough

SPONSORED BY: Anne and Joe Russell, Rebecca and John Howard III, Dara Russell, John Howard IV, Russell Howard, River Howard, Laine Russell Dickson, Warner C Dickson 

"The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left and right, and the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish." – Marcus Pfister, The Rainbow Fish, 1992

Inspired by a simple, beloved children’s story about sharing, this treehouse creates a friendly space for children and adults to play. Guests can peer out of the fish’s mouth see their own reflection at the water’s edge.

• The Jolly Roger 
TEAM MEMBERS: Lee Davis, David Joffe, Jessi Menish and Jeremy Thompson

SPONSORED BY: Mary Evelyn and Clark Jones & Brentwood Granite and Cabinet Design Center 

“One green light squinting over Kidd's Creek, which is near the mouth of the pirate river, marked where the brig, the Jolly Roger, lay, low in the water; a rakish-looking craft foul to the hull…She was the cannibal of the seas, and scarce needed that watchful eye, for she floated immune in the horror of her name.”  – J.M. Barrie, Peter and Wendy, 1911

Visitors of all ages will be invited on a high seas adventure through Neverland on board the infamous ship of Captain Hook. As children assume the roles of Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell, the century-old story of Peter Pan and Wendy, this treehouse invites hours of imaginative play.

• Ocean of Notions 
DESIGN TEAM: L. Lesley Beeman, Jr., MZA, Betsy Mason, NCDC, Mark Bixler, MZA, Brian Phelps, HPI, John Morss, DFC, Michael Goorevich, Manuel Zeitlin, MZA
DESIGN FIRMS: Manuel Zeitlin Architects, Hawkins Partners, Inc., D.F. Chase, Inc. 

“He looked into the water and saw that it was made up of a thousand thousand thousand and one different currents, each one a different colour, weaving in and out of one another like a liquid tapestry of breathtaking complexity; and Iff explained that these were the Streams of Story, that each coloured strand represented and contained a single tale.” -- Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, 1991

As visitors explore this structure, they will find a giant, twisted ball of vibrantly colored ropes, representing stories flowing together in different streams.

• Up and Down Again, A Hobbit's Tale 
DESIGN TEAM: Takuma Johnson, Max Plummer, and PLAD Studio, pllc (architects)
TEAM MEMBERS: Takuma Johnson, Max Plummer, David Plummer, Justin Lowe
CONSTRUCTION FIRM: American Constructors, Inc.

SPONSORED BY: The Schlosser Family 

"There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something."
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937   

A true feast for the senses, guests will delight in climbing, sliding, and discovering a secret passage as they experience both the underground world of the Hobbit’s hole and the beautiful view from the top of the treehouse.

• Walden Treehouse 
DESIGN FIRM: Pfeffer Torode Architecture
TEAM MEMBERS: Jamie Pfeffer, Jonathan Torode, and Don Torode 
Fabrication Firm: Vintage Millworks
Team Members: Aaron Dunn and James Dunn
Construction Firm: Dunaway Construction
Team Members: Joe Dunaway, Andrew Dunaway, Matt Sayers, and Chad Scurlock

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854 

This back-to-nature treehouse takes its visitors high up into the tree canopy to a fairytale retreat where they will find the perfect setting for daydreaming.

• Conch House 
DESIGN FIRMS: Anne Daigh Landscape Architect and Pfeffer Torode Architecture
TEAM MEMBERS: Anne Daigh, Jamie Pfeffer, and Jonathan Torode
FABRICATION FIRM: Vintage Millworks
CONSTRUCTION FIRM: Dunaway Construction

"His ordinary voice sounded like a whisper after the harsh note of the conch. He laid the conch against his lips, took a deep breath and blew once more. The note boomed again: and then at his firmer pressure, the note, fluking up an octave, became a strident blare more penetrating than before." -- William Golding, Lord of the Flies, 1954

This structure encourages children to assemble before entering to create rules for their own “tribe”. Once inside, the first child to reach the top platform will blow the horn and become “chief.”

• The Giver 
DESIGN FIRM: Chasm Architecture
DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS: Travis E. Parker, Charles D. Polk
CONSTRUCTION FIRM: Bell Construction
CONSTRUCTION TEAM MEMBERS: Rick Loatwall, Terry Horton, Darek Bell, William Baggett 

"Things could change... Things could be different. I don't know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors.”  – Lois Lowry, The Giver, 1993

The entrance of the structure starts out plain and unadorned. As the visitor journeys further through the house, the space fills with color and life, ending with a joyful slide through a colorful wall.

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