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A monument to our throwaway society, the 30 foot tall recycled tree symbolizes the wastefulness of excessive shopping and its subsequent environmental consequences. Luzinterruptus sourced over 4,000 plastic bags from local residents, who were given cloth bags in exchange. To create a full, bulbous shape, each bag was stuffed with clear plastic donated by surrounding shops. The amount of plastic packaging generated by the shops, say the artists, was “beyond imagination.”

In just one week, volunteers in multiple workshops helped plasticize and transform the prefab conical structure into the giant, light up Consumerist Christmas Tree. Extra plastic bags were used to cover Christmas light garlands that were strung up between buildings to illuminate pathways. Since the construction phase of the Christmas tree coincided with Madrid’s garbage service strike, the artists have also used the tree as a symbol of solidarity with the workers.

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