Made of 5000 stacked pieces of firewood, Hello Wood’s ‘Charity Tree’ installation will be dismantled and given to families in need to heat their homes at the end of the Christmas season.
The architects of Hello Wood have built the unique Christmas tree together with Design Terminal and Hungarian Interchurch Aid in one of the most central squares of Budapest. The Christmas tree was built in 5 days, working 24 hours a day, in co-operation with jointers and highscalers. The installation is 11 meters high, 4.5 meters wide and is made of 5000 pieces of firewood that together weigh 150 quintals.
“After last year’s project, when the architects built a huge Christmas tree made of sledges, this year’s goal was to create a Christmas tree for the Budapest community, which symbolizes the importance of caring about each other. All the firewood used in the installation will be given to families in need in January.” says Hello Wood.
“The role of architecture changed a lot in the last few years. After the crisis it has become more important to create works which are for everybody, not only the exclusive 1% of the population. Hello Wood represents this socially responsive architecture. In their annual summer camps and projects throughout the year, they are searching for new ways of community building and social architecture.”
Organizer: Hello Wood Ltd. / Peter Pozsar, Andras Huszar and David Raday
Project manager: Orsi Janota Office leader: Nikoletta Lakatos
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/