Every year, the town of Barrydale makes a magnificent tree using upcycled plastic, ribbons, and interactive lighting.
One doesn’t usually think of South Africa (or anywhere in the southern hemisphere, for that matter) when dreaming about idyllic Christmas traditions, but here’s a fun one that everyone should know about. The small town of Barrydale (pop. 4,156, according to Wikipedia) puts up an annual community Christmas tree — made of recycled materials.
The 10-year-old tradition is described as an "otherworldly abstraction made from junk." Featuring whimsical flying bird silhouettes made from recycled PET plastic, trailing ribbons, and interactive LED lighting, the tree is no longer confined to a conical shape, but now gives more of a "tree impression" with birds floating in and around it. It looks slightly confusing by daylight, but comes alive at night. Tourism on Cape Trade Route (Facebook)/via The tree’s creators are four friends who run the […]