LONDON, December 3 – The Mayor of the City of London has installed a different type of Christmas tree on his balcony to raise awareness of the overconsumption typically associated with the holiday season. In fact, this particular festive tree is made entirely from garbage collected in the city.
Have you ever wondered how much garbage your city produces during the holiday season? In addition to reflecting on the matter, the Mayor of London, Vincent Keaveny, went a step further by building a Christmas tree made entirely from waste collected in the city.
Far from being disgusting or messy, the whole thing is meticulously maintained by a giant mesh structure, creating a colorful sculpture. But up close, there is no doubt – this particular tree is adorned with trash rather than the usual balls and garlands. From plastic bottles to cans, used sunglasses, pieces of paper, SIM cards and phone cables, each section is made up of a specific type of waste.
Unveiled by @citylordmayor Vincent Keaveny, joined by Sheriff Alderman Alison Gowman and artist Áinne Burke, a #Xmas tree made up of waste collected by street cleaners and waste management companies. A festive reminder to be more aware of the waste we create. pic.twitter.com/7j5oaIQTod
– City of London (@cityoflondon) December 1, 2021
Designed in collaboration with artist Áinne Burke, this very special tree has been installed on the street side balcony of Mansion House in the heart of London’s financial district. The waste used was collected by street cleaners and waste management companies.
The idea is as original as it is festive, but it also carries a serious message, since the initiative aims to raise awareness of the amount of waste generated during the holiday season. – ETX Studio