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14 artists with a green message

By: Laura Moss on Aug. 15, 2011, 1:05 p.m.
Roderick Romero's Lantern House

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Roderick Romero

Roderick Romero builds treehouses and creates nature-inspired sculptures out of reclaimed or salvaged materials. Although he’s well known for building treehouses for stars like Sting and Julianne Moore, Romero’s minimalist style reflects his respect for nature and his dedication to treading lightly even while building his intricate treetop structures. “I can’t imagine building in the Trees while knowing that the materials I use could be contributing to a clearcut somewhere else on the planet,” Romero says.

Romero’s Lantern House is situated among three eucalyptus trees in Santa Monica, Calif., and 99 percent of it was built with salvaged lumber — including the stained glass, which he recovered from an old movie set.