SHOPPING CART TREE
In a tower of glistening metal and lights, the Shopping Cart Tree is an awe inspiring alternative to the evergreen tree. This tree was built by Anthony Schmitt and can be seen in Santa Monica California. Schmitt has been building cart trees for fourteen years and says that they "symbolizes both generosity and abundance, as well as acknowledging those less fortunate where their whole world may be housed in a cart. We see shopping carts everyday and take them for granted. Individually the beauty of an everyday object may become invisible, but in quantity you can’t miss it".
RECYCLED BIKE TIRE TREE
This Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square, London is made out of 35 wheels reclaimed from old bikes. It was designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects using wheels from a local UK bike charity called Re-Cycle.
UPCYCLED WATER BOTTLE “ICE TREE”
Featured in the storefront of Montreal’s furniture store Domison, the “Ice Tree” sculpture is made from 300 upcycled water bottles. The bottles hang from the ceiling and are illuminated to give them an ethereal quality. The installation was created by graphic design studio Paprika.
LED PROJECTOR EVERGREEN TREE
One of the most unique tree ideas we have seen, this homemade projector built by the folks at Rarebeast creates a 5ft tall image of a tree on your wall. A plastic pipe is fitted with a green LED and powered by a 9volt battery. White and red LEDs are included on the assembly and are wired to blink just like a real lit tree. So cool!
VENICE’S MURANO GLASS TREE
This stunning tree, installed several years ago in Venice, Italy, is made entirely from 1,000 tubes of Murano glass. This glass tree is 28ft tall and almost 10ft in diameter. Weighing in at 3 tons, it is the world’s largest tree made from artisan blown glass. A short video tour around the tree can be seen here.
photo by Conall O’Brien
RECYCLED CD AND CASSETTE TAPE TREE
Artist Tom Deininger created a huge tree made entirely from used CD’s, which was displayed at the Chelsea Market in NYC during the 2010 holiday. Under the tree is a bed made from tape pulled from old cassettes. This crazy manmade tree scores way high for twinkle factor! See a video of the tree here.