Client: Pilcrow Project
Location: Manchester, England
The tree was created with the hope that it would become a symbol of the power of community-building during the Christmas holidays, and later on 100% of the building material will be recycled to build the Pilcrow Pub’s workshop space. Some of the materials will be used as work benches, while other parts will be used for furniture, flooring, wall coverings, and traditional pub games. The Pilcrow Pub, which itself will be a temporary structure, has been designed to move around the NOMA neighbourhood as it develops, and is expected to fast become a local attraction and topic of conversation, giving people the chance to take part in the building process and learn new skills. A series of free-to-attend workshops will encourage groups of volunteers to spend time learning a new skill by constructing part of the pub themselves. The branches of the Christmas Tree with a Difference are spiral-like and built on a basic structure, using pine and oak, in a variety of sizes and cross sections in order to provide the maximum number of possibilities for future use. The installation – which consists of approximately 8m3 of wood and 4.5 tonnes of metal plates – took three weeks to prepare in Hungary, and five days to construct in Manchester.