hello wood constructs a toboggan tree for the holiday season
 
hello wood constructs a toboggan tree for the holiday season hello wood constructs a toboggan tree for the holiday season
dec 23, 2013

hello wood constructs a toboggan tree for the holiday season

‘christmas tree installation’ by hello wood, budapest, hungary
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every year, budapest-based art program hello wood constructs a christmas installation in hungary‘s capital. this year, the studio utilized 365 traditional toboggans to build a 10.5 meter tall intricately geometric christmas tree at the entrance to the palace of arts along the danube river. erected in only one week, the structure consists of a 4.5 ton steel base and four timber frame sections creating the spine of the tree and the framework on which the sledge’s will be fixed. from the inside, the entire skeleton is revealed in an artful snowflake-like display, illuminated at night to emphasize its spirit.  the project goes beyond the immediate visual treat, however. as hello wood wanted to make a gift for the community, each of the toboggans will be donated to the SOS children’s village thanks in part to the financial support of hungarian telekom.

 

 


construction timelapse
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fron elevation lit up at night
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states architect andras huszar:

‘we wanted to create a temporary installation, which is not only spectacular, but its main elements remain usable so they can be distributed among kids. for us, this is the point of social awareness: you don’t only show something, but at the same time you give something unique.’

 

 


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 ‘we were thinking a lot about what the secret of an original christmas decoration is,‘ explains david raday, creative leader of hello wood, ‘The sledges were the good choice, because they are symbolizing christmas, but free from the commercial christmas clichés and the general bad taste that comes with them.’

 

 


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view towards the ceiling
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wooden frame recalls the imagery of a snowflake
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toboggans are individually attached to the timber skeleton
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view from the ground
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bird’s eye view
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aerial view
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floor plan / level 0
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ceiling plan
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structural diagram
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elevation
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project info:

 

 

concept: david raday, andras huszar, peter pozsar, maxim bakos
architectural plan: andras huszar, peter pozsar, adam fogarassy
design: benjamin szilagyi
statics: gabor csefalvay
realization: hello wood
lights: tamas kiraly, gabor agocs (philips hungary)
partner: gabor zoboki (zda)

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