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1024 Architecture’s Abstract LED Christmas Tree Causes Controversy in Brussels
Posted By Lori Zimmer On December 23, 2012 @ 9:10 am In Art | No Comments
Rather than hacking down a historic tree , 1024’s installation gives the suggestion of a tree, but with an architectural and pixel-like twist. During the day the tree appears a bit like architectural construction, with poles and scaffolding jutting in every direction. But once night falls, the “tree” is illuminated, and it blinks, glitters and dazzles along to music.
As the structure changes from green to red, visual projections also dance within each of the block-like branches, giving the square (and visitors gathering around) a warm glow.
Guests can also climb this eco-friendly faux tree . The “trunk” is made from a staircase, which leads visitors to an observation deck 63 feet above the ground. From the top of the tree, visitors can take in panoramic view of the city, as well as the other pieces in the Plaisirs d’Hiver festival.
The architectural tree has caused controversy  in Brussel’s Muslim community, who found the tree to be too Christian for a citywide light festival. Yet the Christians took an even different view, hating on the tree because it is too abstract and not tree-like enough. Either way, the color-changing LEDs and observation deck make for a creative and sustainable tree alternative !
Via Creators Project 
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URLs in this post:
 giant abstract Christmas tree: http://inhabitat.com/the-worlds-largest-cardboard-christmas-tree-springs-up-in-london/
 1024 Architecture: http://www.1024architecture.net/
 color-changing LED: http://inhabitat.com/makoto-tojikis-no-shadow-led-sculptures-depict-humans-and-animals-in-showers-of-lights/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/1024-architectures-led-abstract-christmas-tree-causes-controversy-in-brussels/1024-architecture-abies-electronicus1/
 Rather than hacking down a historic tree: http://inhabitat.com/taste-tree-is-made-up-of-5000-spare-porcelain-plates-and-cups-in-belgium/
 eco-friendly faux tree: http://inhabitat.com/celebrate-the-holidays-with-eco-friendly-and-natural-traditions-from-around-the-world/
 architectural tree has caused controversy: http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/50869
 sustainable tree alternative: http://inhabitat.com/10-awesome-eco-friendly-christmas-trees-to-make-your-holiday-shine/
 Creators Project: http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/creators/1024-architecture
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