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Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

Posted By Lea Stewart On December 3, 2014 @ 5:20 pm In carousel showcase,Features,Green Holidays,Recycled Materials | 3 Comments

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RECYCLED BIKE TIRE TREE

This Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square [5], London is made out of 35 wheels reclaimed from old bikes. It was designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects [7] using wheels from a local UK bike charity called Re-Cycle [8].

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UPCYCLED WATER BOTTLE “ICE TREE”

Featured in the storefront of Montreal’s furniture store Domison [9], the “Ice Tree” [4]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 [10].

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LED PROJECTOR EVERGREEN TREE

One of the most unique tree ideas we have seen, this homemade projector built by the folks at Rarebeast [11] 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!

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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 [12].

photo by Conall O’Brien [13]

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RECYCLED CD AND CASSETTE TAPE TREE

Artist Tom Deininger [14] 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 [15].

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GE’S OLED HOLIDAY TREE

The researches at GE Lighting [16] created a tree that is only lights, using a ribbon of green-hued flexible OLEDs. How’s that for a new take on the “O Christmas Tree” [17] carol?!

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LOBSTER POT TREE

Now in its 8th year, the building of a Lobster Pot Tree [18] has become a yearly ritual in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Artist Julian Popko and family build the tree uses these lobster cages borrowed from local lobsterman. See it all aglow in this video from the lighting ceremony [19]!

photo by Falk Lademann [20]

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SHOPPING CART TREE

In a tower of glistening metal and lights, the Shopping Cart Tree [6] is an awe inspiring alternative to the evergreen tree. This tree was built by Anthony Schmitt [21] 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”.

photo by David Abercrombie [22]

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PAC MAN HOLIDAY TREE

A huge pyramid erected in downtown Madrid featured a larger-than-life Pac Man arcade game. The lit and interactive display was created with thousands of LED lights.  Check out this video with a 360 view of the tree [23].

photo by Morpheu5 [24]

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HEINEKEN BOTTLE TREE

The makers of Heineken created a enormous tree [25] in Shanghai, China using 1,000 beer bottles! [26]We hope they recycled these after the holiday!


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/top-10-crazy-holiday-trees-made-from-bottles-bikes-shopping-carts-and-more/10-articfial-eco-trees/?extend=1

[3] chop down a Christmas tree: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/poll-what-kind-of-tree-should-light-up-rockefeller-center-during-the-holidays/

[4] bottles: http://inhabitat.com/ice-tre-by-paprikia-design-studio/

[5] bikes: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-christmas-tree-made-of-bike-wheels/

[6] shopping carts: http://inhabitat.com/towering-christmas-tree-made-of-86-shopping-carts/

[7] Sarah Wigglesworth Architects: http://www.swarch.co.uk/

[8] Re-Cycle: http://www.re-cycle.org/

[9] Domison: http://www.domison.com/

[10] Paprika: http://www.paprika.com/

[11] Rarebeast: http://www.freewebs.com/rarebeasts/christmastreeprojector.htm

[12] here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BCLYsCEL4A

[13] Conall O’Brien: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conallob/2136853720/sizes/o/in/photostream/

[14] Tom Deininger: http://tomdeiningerart.com/chelsea.html

[15] here: http://vimeo.com/25520016

[16] GE Lighting: http://inhabitat.com/ge-unveils-worlds-first-oled-christmas-tree/

[17] “O Christmas Tree”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Tannenbaum

[18] Lobster Pot Tree: http://www.facebook.com/ProvincetownLobsterPotTree?sk=info

[19] video from the lighting ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXkByCNqs_8

[20] Falk Lademann: http://www.flickr.com/photos/coreforce/5168592090/

[21] Anthony Schmitt: http://www.shoppingcarttree.com

[22] David Abercrombie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/albategnius/5288558198/

[23] this video with a 360 view of the tree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j22cnSfE4U

[24] Morpheu5: http://www.flickr.com/photos/morpheu5/3171479808/sizes/l/in/photostream/

[25] Heineken created a enormous tree: http://inhabitat.com/christmas-tree-made-from-1000-beer-bottles/

[26] 1,000 beer bottles! : http://www.recyclart.org/2009/12/1000-beer-bottles-christmas-tree/

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