Frozen Trees © Fernando Guerra

FROZEN TREES

 

‘Frozen Trees’ is a temporary Christmas light display in D. Pedro IV Square in Lisbon. This installation creates an illuminated, frozen and fractal Christmas landscape that affects and alters the paths of pedestrians.

Thirty cylindrical structures activate the square and serve as self-sufficient streetlights. These structures, which are placed throughout the square, create a new contextual landscape inviting visitors to discover new spatial experiences.

Using IKEA’s “Rationell Variera” plastic bags dispensers as the base module, this design takes advantage of the module’s unique shape.  Additionally, “FROZEN TREES” brings a domestic-sized object into the urban scale – thus dissociating it from its original function and leading to the loss of its identity as a single element, making a call for creativity and multi-functionality in the current socio-economic climate.

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Technical Data

 

Location:

Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal

 

Client:

Lisbon City Hall

MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum

 

Date:

December 2011

 

Type:

Invited competition 2011

1st prize

 

Materials:

2400 plastic bags dispensers ‘Rationell Variera’

metallic structure

LED tape

car batteries

 

Photography:

Dinis Sottomayor ©

FG+SG ©

Frozen Trees © Fernando Guerra