How many young people didn't dream of building a hut in a tree? And how many of them actually did this?
Life and works
Peter Császár (b. 1974) builded treehuts indeed, not just one, but lots of them, alltogether some thirty tree huts and a number of wooden towers.
Born in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, at age ten he began experimenting with the construction of a tree hut, some four or five meters high. In 1989, at age fifteen, he actually made his first treehouse, some fifteen meters high.
picture (1999) by Eva Bársony
His constructions are rather robust, like the one on the picture above, which has a surface of 5 x 5 m, walls and a roof and is situated 12 m high. It is rather a house then a cabin..
this picture and the next one from a webpage by Császár
In the same period Peter Császár also constructed wooden towers, but up to now I could not trace information about the whereabouts of these constructions.
What happened to the tree houses and the towers?
Local authorities were not amused to discover illegaly built wooden structures in the public area and let them destroy. The structures also have been vandalised by unknown people. So most constructions have disappeared and Császár's creations mainly survive through the pictures made of them.
The one in the Orczy Garden however, as far as I know, is currently still extant.
From autodidact to professional artist
As a young man Császár had no constructive or artistic training (he studied communication sciences). An autodidact, his artistic talent was noted by a friend of the family when he was in his early twenties and in this way he got the opportunity to follow art classes and to join (in 2002) the Hungarian union of sculpturers.
As far as I know, currently Császár is active in making visual art.
* Császár's wooden structures got attention in some expositions, like Unframed Landscapes (Dunaújváros, Zagreb, London, 2004)
* An exposition (Székesfehérvár, june 2008) was reported on the freshwindow weblog (which however is no longe available on the internet)
picture courtesy of the hungarian freshwindow weblog
(no longer available)
(no longer available)
* Interview (in hungarian) with Péter Császár by Ágnes Veronika Tóth on Balkon website
*A series of pictures on the Failakok website
Treehouses and wooden towers
around Budapest, HU
most of the contructions have been demolished