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Giant Forest Head Is A Real-Life Zardoz

Need a place to store all your shotguns to eradicate the evil penis? Simparch's Celtic-inspired Silvas Capitalis building will fit the bill just right. If you're looking for head-inspired real estate in England's Kielder forest, here's your dream house.

Here's the background on Silvas Capitalis from Simparch's site:

SIMPARCH situated an iconic head, on the grounds of the Kielder forest, located near the Scottish border. Large enough to enter into with stairs to a 2nd floor, this large anthropomorphic offering was inspired by the Celtic gods of Britain whom are frequently anonymous and depicted merely by the head alone.

In the relatively new and cultivated monoculture of Kielder's "working" forest, a giant head sits knowingly watching and listening to the nuances of daily forest life - the creatures, the wind, and the roar of harvesting equipment.

Each of the 107 layers of a plywood maquette were scanned and enlarged to make full scale paper templates. The lumber was cut to the drawing and stacked/glued/pegged together, then shaped with chainsaw and grinder.

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For more photos, concept art, and other gee-whiz projects, check out Simparch's website at the link below.

[Simparch via Core 77]

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DISCUSSION

Haven't been out to Kielder since I was at school and they put stuff like this up in the meantime? Why couldn't we have had giant wooden heads? Why?

I see it as the entrance to an underground complex of some kind, probably just a large house, but could be something more exotic, that would be powered by the nearby hydroelectric dam.