SHANGHAI CHRISTMAS TREE

A Christmas Tree Of 35 Meters

ILMEX Illumination by Ximenez Group made the traditional Xmas tree at Puerta del Sol. A 35m high, conic shaped metal construction.

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The interior is accessible to public. The current City government wanted to regain an institutional design (instead of a design paid and realised by a sponsor) for an element that due to its location and significance defines the whole Christmas lighting programme of the City, and commissioned us with the design.

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Given the artificial character of the tree, the design is the result of a digitalized interpretation of an image of a traditional pine tree. The computer programme that was applied (and conveniently manipulated) interprets the different textures and colours of the image of a traditional tree as topographic lines. These are visualised according to the “height” of each line with a degree of colours and a total of 42 000 LED light bulbs.

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Design: Ben Busche / brutdeluxe.com
Fabricated by: ILMEX Illumination
Description text by the designer