Getting caught up in holiday madness has become so normal that it's easy to forget that the holidays can act as a reminder that caring for each other -- no matter how simple the act -- can go a long way. Architecture firm Hello Wood, who built the 11-meter Christmas tree made out of 365 sleighs last year, recently built another Christmas tree installation in Budapest called the Charity Tree.
This time around, Hello Wood worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to construct the 11-meter Charity Tree, which was built in 5 days from 5,000 pieces of firewood that weigh 150 quintals (or about 30,000 lbs.).
Visitors can also walk inside the tree to find a chapel-like interior space. At night, the tree glows with lighting effects by Philips Hungary.
After the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, all the wood used to make the installation will be given to local families in need. The Charity Tree addresses the issue of the many Hungarian families lacking daily heating during the wintertime.
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
Check out a time-lapse video of the Charity Tree's construction below.