Frozen Trees is a temporary Christmas light display that creates an illuminated, frozen and fractal landscape that affects and alters the paths of pedestrians.Thirty cylindrical structures activate the square and serve as self-sufficient streetlights, which are placed throughout the square, creating a new contextual landscape and inviting visitors to discover new spatial experiences.
Using IKEA’s Rationell Variera plastic bags dispensers as the base module, this design takes advantage of the module’s unique shape. Additionally, Frozen Trees brings a domestic-sized object into the urban scale –thus dissociating it from its original function and leading to the loss of its identity as a single element, making a call for creativity and multi-functionality in the current socio-economic climate.
Design team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto
Location: Praça D.Pedro IV (Rossio), Lisbon, Portugal
Date: December 2011
Client: Lisbon City Hall, MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum
Type: Invited competition 1st PRIZE
Materials: Plastic bags dispensers Rationell Variera, metal structure, LED lighting, car batteries
Photography: Dinis Sottomayor © | FG+SG ©