Spring arrived early this year for one leafless tree in Nottingham—eco-artist Sarah Turner brought a bare tree “back to life” with over a thousand handmade LED plastic bottle blooms. Located on the grounds of St. Mary’s church, the dazzling tree installation was commissioned as part of the city’s annual Light Night event. This temporary artwork is the latest lighting installation by Turner, who is renowned for her designs that transform common waste materials into new and beautiful pieces.
Turner hand made over a thousand unique LED plastic bottle flowers for the tree light installation. Each plastic bottle was sandblasted to create a white frosted appearance, cut up, and sculpted into different flower shapes. The majority of the plastic bottle flowers were then attached to a large, leafless magnolia tree, while the rest were carefully strewn beneath the tree to make it look as if the flowers had naturally fallen off.
“The inspiration behind the idea was to make a bare tree who’s lost all its leaves and flowers for winter and make it look like it has flowered in spring, bringing it to life,” writes the artist. “Taking a man-made product, a bottle and upcycle it transforming it into a beautiful natural looking form.” Nottingham’s Light Night 2015 event took place February 6.