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Published on Aug 15, 2011
The Swedish architecture duo visiondivision is creating an inventive concession stand for 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park that will open in summer 2012. Chop Stick will offer Park visitors a place to sit, swing, and enjoy refreshments in an outdoor pavilion crafted almost entirely from a single tree. The 100-foot-tall yellow poplar tree—the state tree of Indiana—was found in a forest near Anderson, Indiana, and transported to 100 Acres with a large portion of its limbs intact. The design for Chop Stick revolves around the architects' ambition to harvest a material as gently and thoughtfully as possible. Over the course of the next year, visitors to the Park will see Chop Stick take shape, revealing the processes that are usually hidden as trees are harvested and transformed into structures.