When most people think of crazy, artificial trees, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the aluminum Christmas trees of the 1950s and early 1960s. These shaggy representations of their natural cousins were often lit by a rotating light beneath that turned them from green to red to blue. That, however, was just the beginning when it comes to crazy trees. Trees, being one of the most graceful and striking works of art in nature, are imitated by humans in many different ways. Blown glass, cast metal, carved wood, paintings, and paper mache’ representations of these natural art forms are a staple in gardens and homes. Here are several of the craziest artificial trees you have ever seen.
In London, the Bermondsey Square has a tree made out of Bike Tires. This recycling (pun intended) attempt has produced a whirl-i-gig effect with the colorful tires spinning in the breeze, and the iconic pyramid shape successfully carried out in the construction of this striking model. Structures like this are clever and humorous, as well as visually appealing.
Water Bottle Trees
In Montreal, you can go to the Domison store and see the sculpture called the “Ice Tree.” This is made of over 300 water bottles. The tree hangs from the ceiling, and the light shines through the bottles, making it look like it is carved from ice.
In Italy, the city of Venice has erected a breathtaking structure made of over 1000 glass tubes. This 10 foot wide, 28 foot tree weighs over 3 tons, and is completely made of Murano glass. Murano glass is hand-blown by artisans, and is very valuable, coveted by designers and decorators.
The Chelsea Market, located in New York City, played host to one of the trashiest trees ever made. Constructed by an artist, the gigantic artificial outdoor tree was made from old music CDs and tapes. The tapes were those pulled out of old cassettes. The overall effect is actually quite stunning, “topping the charts,” so to speak, on reflected light and shiny-ness.
Shopping Cart Tree
For 14 years, Anthony Schmitt has been building shopping cart trees in Santa Monica California. These huge structures are said to symbolize abundance, and the generosity of the giving season. He also wanted to remind everyone of the role of shopping carts in the lives of homeless people, many of whom keep all of their earthly belongings in a shopping cart. His goal is to find beauty in objects that are part of everyday life. The structure of these trees includes giant Christmas balls, and the lighting reflects in a striking manner.
These 5 crazy artificial outdoor trees are just a small sample of the lengths people will go to in recreating nature in unusual ways. These tributes to some of the most majestic elements of nature can be awe-inspiring themselves, and certainly an expression of the creativity of man in response to the inspiration provided by nature.