Hungarian art program "Hello Wood" has unveiled an 11-meter high Christmas tree in Budapest made completely out of firewood.
Constructed in collaboration with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid, "Charity Tree" weighs a hefty 150 quintals (about 15,000 kilograms). At 4.5 meters wide it cuts a dashing figure in one of the city's public squares.
The tree will be dismantled on Epiphany (January 6) and the wood donated to families in need. According to Hello Wood, the project was designed to represent "the importance of the community and social awareness: not only because people traditionally gather around Christmas trees to celebrate together, but also because around Christmas, it is particularly important to think of the thousands of Hungarian families who have daily problems with heating during wintertime."
The Christmas tree was built over five days of 24-hour work. The inside of the tree features a chapel-like sacred inner space, where members of the public can contemplate in the middle of the buzzing city.
The art collective carried out a similar project last year, when it built a huge Christmas tree made of 365 sleighs which were later given to children living in the homes of the charity SOS Children's Village.
Hello Wood is an international art program based in Budapest, whose work integrates various fields of art, design and science.