A Very Merry Christmas

As we finish off the year, I thought it would be a great time to spread the Christmas cheer, and look at the ways in which public art and Christmas displays come together around us. Being a studio who designs public works of art, we always enjoy seeing how other designers use Christmas as inspiration to design unusual and thought provocative festive works.

Sydney’s Martin Place, the heart of the CBD, is set to shine bright this Christmas with the tallest tree in NSW. The 25 metre tree, designed by local production company Scoundrel, contains more than 110,000 LED lights and 330 glossy baubles. The tree’s 800 plus branches contain 15,000 flowers representing nine different types of Australian native flowers, banksia, waratah, bottlebrush, wattle, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, fannel flower, pink wax flower and white wax flower.

We love how the studio behind the design has adopted an Australiana theme for the centre display of our city, rather than a typical ‘winter wonderland’ theme.

The vernacular theme of place specific Christmas design has also been used by Hungarian Architecture Studio Hello Wood.

The tree structure has been built entirely of wooden logs, with the brief to create a Christmas tree specifically for the Budapest community. Towards the top, the wooden lengths get longer, protruding out to form a pinnacle with a metal star. Instead of hanging ornaments, the tree utilises painted ends of the logs, creating a similar looking result.

Once the tree is dismantled on the Twelfth Night after Christmas, the wooden logs of the ‘Charity Tree’ will be given to families in need of firewood. This design truly highlights the importance of vernacular design, designing with the needs of the community at the forefront.

With the countdown to Christmas well and truly underway, the team at distinctive would like to wish you and whoever you choose to spend this Christmas break with, a very merry Christmas, and happiest of New Year’s. Our office will be closed for business on the 22nd of December, and will reopen on Wednesday the 16th of January 2019 with fresh minds and full tummies.