A towering baobab tree made from colorful strands of recycled textiles recently rose on the bank of the River Thames in London. Dubbed “Under the Baobab”, the art installation was created by Pirate Technics for the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World. With the help of local students from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, the group stacked rings upon rings of fabric to form a beautiful blooming tree.
Baobab trees are native to Madagascar and they traditionally are a symbol of peace between communities. This enormous replica is part of a series of large scale art located around the Center for the summer festival. Luckily it stopped raining for long enough for the tops of the branches to be placed on top of the tree – the crowning glory of the creative structure.
Images courtesy of Pirate Technics’ FlickrStream