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This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On December 18, 2013 @ 12:55 pm In Art,carousel showcase,Design,Features,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 6 Comments

Anthony Schmitt, edgemar, shopping cart, shopping cart christmas tree, shopping cart holiday tree, recycled materials, eco christmas tree, green christmas tree, green design, eco art, green art, sustainable design, green holiday tree, [1]Images © Graham King [2]

“The shopping cart tree 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 every day and take them for granted. Individually the beauty of an everyday object may become invisible, but in quantity you can’t miss it,” says Anthony Schmitt [3] of his design.

This actually wasn’t the first time that the shopping cart [4] tree was erected – Schmitt conceived the idea more than a decade ago at the request of Abby Sher, the former owner and developer of Edgemar, and the Colwell and Belden families have continued the annual tradition of commissioning the tree since buying Edgemar in 2007.

The 2010 tree is made out of mostly full size carts with some smaller versions at the top to create a forced perspective of height. The carts are supported by an internal structure that remains nearly invisible, allowing the carts to seem like they were merely stacked atop one another and left in that perilous formation.

+ The Shopping Cart Tree [5]

Images © Peter Brooker Photography and Graham King [2]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/12/shopping-cart-christmas-tree-2.jpg

[2] Graham King: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamking/

[3] Anthony Schmitt: http://shoppingcarttree.com/Before.php

[4] shopping cart: http://inhabitat.com/annie-the-recycled-shopping-cart-chair-from-reestore/

[5] + The Shopping Cart Tree: http://shoppingcarttree.com/

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