Client: Design Terminal, Hungarian Interchurch Aid
Completion: 2014, 2015
Location: Budapest, Hungary
In Budapest’s Erzsébet Square, Hello Wood built a giant Christmas tree to support the campaign of Hungarian Interchurch Aid. The tree, built for an entire week with the help of alpinists, is 16 metres tall, 6.5 metres wide, and was made of 10,000 pieces of firewood that weigh a total of 40 tonnes. The goal was to create a Christmas tree for the Budapest community, symbolising the importance of caring about each other. Therefore, all the firewood used to build it will be given to families in need during January. The installation is called Charity Tree, representing the importance of the community and social awareness: not only because people traditionally gather around Christmas trees to celebrate together, but also because at this time of the year, it is particularly important to think of the thousands of Hungarian families who have daily problems with heating during wintertime. Hello Wood launched the project to raise awareness of these burning social problems that we have to find a solution to as a community. Hello Wood’s symbolic answer was to create a temporary installation, which can be used to heat homes during wintertime. The Charity Tree has a 4-metre-tall entrance, and the creator made sure that the inside is accessible with wheelchairs and buggies. Thanks to the special lighting effects, the round-shaped windows on the structure look like classic Christmas-tree decorations from the outside. Meanwhile visitors can get a view of the city looking out of the windows from the inside via a staircase leading up to 4 metres high.