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This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On December 1, 2011 @ 7:18 pm In Art,carousel showcase,Features,Recycled Materials | 6 Comments
Images © Graham King 
“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  of his design.
This actually isn’t the first time that the shopping cart  tree has gone up – Schmitt conceived the idea 14 years 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.
Images © Peter Brooker Photography and Graham King 
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 beer bottles: http://inhabitat.com/christmas-tree-made-from-1000-beer-bottles/
 bicycles: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-christmas-tree-made-of-bike-wheels/
 86 metal shopping carts: http://shoppingcarttree.com/
 Frank Gehry: http://inhabitat.com/gehrys-santa-monica-place-goes-green-with-leed-renovation/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/12/shopping-cart-christmas-tree-2.jpg
 Graham King: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamking/
 Anthony Schmitt: http://shoppingcarttree.com/Before.php
 shopping cart: http://inhabitat.com/annie-the-recycled-shopping-cart-chair-from-reestore/
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