Larger than life Christmas tree

2016-12-21 06:02
 Photo: supplied The team put together the giant Christmas tree.

Photo: supplied The team put together the giant Christmas tree.

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A LARGER than life 12.5m high custom-made Christmas tree will be displayed at uShaka for the public to enjoy up until Christmas. The tree, initiated by The Spar Group, has been 100% designed, manufactured and assembled in Durban.

The metal-based tree has been designed and assembled by Nevon Singh and his team from Magic Lighting in Montclair, south of Durban, using locally made components and lights.

In the region of 74 000 LED bulbs and 2 000 meters of cabling went into the tree. 15 staff spent approx 4 158 labour hours making the custom-made structure and components.

“Our idea was to custom-make the newest brightest sparkliest Christmas tree Durban has ever seen,” said Mike Prentice, Spar group marketing director.

“We wanted the tree to be 100% made in South Africa and lit by a multitude of LED lights – all locally designed and manufactured. We want to revisit the nostalgia of Christmas and create a beautiful and iconic statement in a public place which can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors.”

The idea was inspired by the vast Christmas decorations in Rockefeller Centre in New York, the gigantic fibre optic tree which adorns Sydney; whimsical decorations in Vienna and olde-style department store windows. It will look magical – like something straight out of a children’s story book.

Displayed alongside the tree will be an array of fantasy sea creatures made by Robin Opperman, Ujala Sewpersad and their team from Umcebo Design.

They are making 14 huge mixed media fish, two enormous jelly-fish and five starfish using coke/milk bottles, Bonnox mesh and bottletops.

- Supplied.

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