Turner hand made over a thousand unique LED plastic bottle flowers for the tree light installation. Each plastic bottle was sandblasted to create a white frosted appearance, cut up, and sculpted into different flower shapes. The majority of the plastic bottle flowers were then attached to a large, leafless magnolia tree, while the rest were carefully strewn beneath the tree to make it look as if the flowers had naturally fallen off.
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“The inspiration behind the idea was to make a bare tree who’s lost all its leaves and flowers for winter and make it look like it has flowered in spring, bringing it to life,” writes the artist. “Taking a man-made product, a bottle and upcycle it transforming it into a beautiful natural looking form.” Nottingham’s Light Night 2015 event took place February 6.
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