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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,Design | No Comments

green design, eco design, sustainable design, eco-friendly Christmas tree, LED christmas tree, abstract christmas tree, XMAS Tree, Abies-Electronicus, Plaisirs d'Hiver Brussels, 1024 Architecture [1]

Rather than hacking down a historic tree [2], 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 [3]. 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 [4] 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 [5]!

+ 1024 Architecture [6]

Via Creators Project [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/1024-architectures-led-abstract-christmas-tree-causes-controversy-in-brussels/1024-architecture-abies-electronicus1/

[2] Rather than hacking down a historic tree: http://inhabitat.com/taste-tree-is-made-up-of-5000-spare-porcelain-plates-and-cups-in-belgium/

[3] eco-friendly faux tree: http://inhabitat.com/celebrate-the-holidays-with-eco-friendly-and-natural-traditions-from-around-the-world/

[4] architectural tree has caused controversy: http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/50869

[5] sustainable tree alternative: http://inhabitat.com/10-awesome-eco-friendly-christmas-trees-to-make-your-holiday-shine/

[6] + 1024 Architecture: http://www.1024architecture.net/

[7] Creators Project: http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/creators/1024-architecture

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