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Straddling the blurred boundaries of art and architecture is this festive 10.5m-high treat from Hello Wood. Planted in the plaza in front of the Palace of Arts in Budapest, the conical structure takes the form of a Christmas tree, constructed using 365 wooden sledges.
The architects behind this magical construction, Hello Wood, are a Hungarian practice who concentrate on design that can have a positive social impact. In this case, the Christmas tree is designed to bring joy to people who pass by and through it, exploring its wooden fronds and examining how the sledges fit together.
This social engagement continues two weeks after Christmas, when the tree will be dismantled and each of the 365 sledges given away to children living in homes of the SOS Children’s Village, thanks to Hungarian Telekom.
Andras Huszar of Hello Wood explains: “We wanted to create a temporary insta