Creative Christmas: Christmas Trees
Every year, homes are lavishly decorated with tinsel, lights, baubles. But the centerpiece of Christmas decoration is of course, the Christmas tree! The tree may be real, plastic, coloured, big or small, but it is always an important aspect of Christmas in the UK. But how creative can Christmas trees be? We've found some really interesting and unique trees which have been created around the world.
In Madrid, a Pacman Christmas Tree was created in the business district, which is made up of thousands of small, coloured LED lights. It is fully animated, and shows the characters moving around. This Christmas tree is really original and unique, although it doesn't technically involve a tree!
In Sydney, a 'tree' is built every year out of a different recycled material by The Rocks. In 2009 it was made out of plastic bottles, and in 2008, wooden chairs! In 2010 it was made out of old bikes, which were painted green and adorned with lights.
In Austria, a tree was sculpted out of an 18ft block of ice, and then displayed in a town square. We're assuming that this tree must have had the shortest life out of all the ones we've come across!
Ferrero Rocher has had some unusual Christmas tree displays. In 2010, the company commissioned a unique tree to be erected in the Bullring, Birmingham, made from suspended golden spheres, and then wrapped in a brown Ferrero Rocher ribbon. This same tree could also be found in the Trafford Centre and the MetroCentre. In the same year, Ferrero also created a Christmas tree in Covent Garden to promote their 'Magic of Christmas' campaign. This tree was 11ft hight, and edible: it was made from 10,000 chocolates. We certainly wouldn't mind Ferrero Rocher's tree in our own living rooms!
For car enthusiasts, an electric Christmas tree by Vauxhall Motors was commissioned this year and stands at the Filling station on Regents canal. The bright, futuristic tree reveals a gleaming engine inspired structure inside.
An abstract tree structure, built in the centre of Brussels this year, has sparked controversy. The abstract structure is a far cry from the traditional trees the city is used to seeing displayed. 25,000 people have signed an online petition against the tree, which they believe to be a misguided attempt at political correctness. Does this design go one step too far in terms of innovation? In our opinion, we can understand why people might favour a traditional tree, but the designers of this new sculpture were only trying to achieve inclusivity and modernness.
A Christmas tree that inspires memories for me personally, is the talking Christmas tree that is put up in the Trafford centre every year. As a child, it used to invoke both fear and excitement in me as I puzzled at its huge animated face. That's the special thing about Christmas tree commissions on this scale. The more ambitious the design, the more children nationwide will gaze in wonderment.
At OTB, we have an upside down black Christmas tree in reception! Take a look at our twitter page to see it:https://twitter.com/i/#!/otbtweeter/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FRtZn75Wp. Which Christmas tree do you look forward to seeing on display each year? Have you seen any unique creations worth shouting about? Don't miss tomorrow's blog, we're continuing our 'Creative Christmas' theme, with Christmas packaging!