geelong floating christmas tree illuminates corio bay in australia
 
geelong floating christmas tree illuminates corio bay in australia
dec 02, 2014

geelong floating christmas tree illuminates corio bay in australia

geelong floating christmas tree illuminates corio bay in australia
photo © megan cullen
all images courtesy of creative production services

 

 

 

just off the coastline of geelong’s picturesque corio bay, award-winning melbourne agency creative production services and lighting designer philip lethlean have anchored australia’s first floating christmas tree. project director keith courtney said, ‘in the past, australians have tended to celebrate the festive season by adopting traditional northern hemisphere festive styles with fur trees covered in fake snow, which seemed totally inappropraiate during our long hot summers.’ as a result, the studio decided to turn this custom on its head with the installation of a large scale structure embracing the beautiful harbor and anchoring the city’s other decorations.

 


video by megan cullen, courtesy of creative production services

creative production services geelong floating christmas tree corio bay australia
the project uses 28 different lighting sequences
photo © megan cullen

creative production services geelong floating christmas tree corio bay australia
each star is individually illuminated
photo © megan cullen

creative production services geelong floating christmas tree corio bay australia
over 80 special effects light the tree every night
photo © megan cullen

 

 

 

the exterior presents a kinetic façade using 11,000 reflective disks to ensure that the synthetic plant is equally impressive glistening in the summer sunshine as it is at night for local festivities. the project is a celebration of the holidays and delivers a contemporary sensory experience that will provoke the mind and entice imagination.

creative production services geelong floating christmas tree corio bay australia
the top star is 4-meters wide and gently rotates with the wind direction
photo © megan cullen

creative production services geelong floating christmas tree corio bay australia
the facade features 11,000 kinetic aluminum disks
photo © megan cullen

creative production services geelong floating christmas tree corio bay australia
final rigging preparations
photo © megan cullen

creative production services geelong floating christmas tree corio bay australia
a unique cantilevered system was design to connect the tree to the barge
photo © megan cullen

 

 

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