Made from 5,000 pieces of firewood, Hello Wood’s “Charity Tree” installation stretches 11 meters high, 4.5 meters wide and weighs 150 quintals (15,000 kilograms). Hello Wood worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to build the tree in one of Budapest’s central squares, and all of the firewood used in the temporary installation will be given to families in need in January.
The goal was to build a tree for the community of Budapest that “symbolizes the importance of caring about each other,” while raising awareness of the thousands of Hungarian families that have heating problems during the winter, states Hello Wood.
The inside of the tree contains a “chapel-like sacred inner space” where people can gather during the day, and at night the tree is lit with lighting effects by Philips Hungary.
The Christmas tree was built over the course of five straight days. Check out the timelapse video below to watch the tree take shape as jointers and highscalers help put the logs in place.
Last year Hello Wood built a giant tree out of sledges that were later given to kids of SOS Children’s Village.
Idea and Realization: Hello Wood Kft
Co-operating Designers: Kristóf Pataricza , Albert Lencsés /HW/
Drawings: Benjamin Szilágyi /HW/
Statics: Gábor Csefalvai /Tetra-plan Kft./
Light planner: Tamás Király /Philips Magyarország Kft./
Production: Mihály Hajdu /Fagusz Faipari Kft./
Highscale techniques: Ferenc Éliás /Masztodon Kft/