Client: MÜPA (Palace of Arts)
Location: Budapest, Hungary
The 11-metre-high structure was made of 365 sledges and its amazing interior was open to visitors until Epiphany. Since the new concept of a Christmas tree was to raise social awareness and to return something back to the community; the tree’s weeks of existence in front of MÜPA was followed by donating the sledges – previously serving as constituents – to the little inhabitants of SOS Children’s Village, thanks to Telekom.
Location: London, England
On London’s Granary Square at King’s Cross, Hello Wood cooperated with London-based visual-artist group Creatmosphere to create the unique mixture of light and architecture to mark the Lumiere London festival. While Hello Wood designed and built the structure, Creatmosphere animated it with light and sound. To represent the four seasons, a cycle of colour-changing motion and sound will invite people to imagine the Christmas tree in different ways. Therefore, even in the earliest phases, architects and light artists worked together to create the tree, named Let it Snow. The name was chosen to call for snow at Christmas, and seeks to highlight the impact of climate change that has prevented sledging on London hills during this festive time for many years. The 100 sledges used to build the installation will be given away to local schools in the area, and the remaining will be available to the public for purchase on 7th January when the Christmas tree will be dismantled; 10% of the income from this will go to charity.