10 December 2010

A Sparkle Wonderment - Festival of Trees

 Made of glass, bubbly and curved, this tree took first place in the designer competition at the Festival of Trees this last weekend here in Edmonton.  If you've read my previous posts, you know this festival is a fundraiser for one of our local hospitals, University of Alberta Hospital.
 Designed by a team at Kasian Architecture, this tree is unique and totally exemplifies the "sparkle" theme for this year's festival.  Every entry was encouraged to submit designs with "sparkle". 
 A close up of the glass shows the bubbling and curves.  I spoke with a gentleman who works at Panache Glass who told me they supplied the strips of glass with a hole drilled in the center but that the designers melted the glass in a kiln and shaped it around an object to achieve this effect.  The bubbled appearance was something Kasian did as well.
 I am somewhat biased in my attachment with this tree as my son works for Kasian but in another city.  Their entry took second place last year in the festival competition and first place this year.
 The topper was a point (no pun intended) of discussion for several visitors.  Some really liked it, like myself, and some would have gone with something different but they didn't know what.  I forwarded these photos to my son who thought perhaps clear balls lit from within.  That would look great too!!
 Congratulations Kasian on a unique and intriguing entry!  (and Panache too)  Question, how do you store it?
Wednesday evening, previous to the festival's opening, a black tie silent auction (by invitation) is held wherein all the trees, wreaths, and floral arrangements are auctioned off.  I'd like to know who purchased this one!!

I am joining in on the meme Weekend Reflections newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com/ .  Stop by, won't you?

10 comments:

Sylvia K said...

They are all fantastic! What an incredible festival of trees for the season! Thanks for sharing with us, they're really gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Rambling Woods said...

Oh how lovely and festive...but it looks kind of fragile. I hope nothing happens to it...Michelle

lotusleaf said...

These are amazing pieces of art. Your pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

'Tsuki said...

You did catch the spirit of that glass tree with great art ! I just love the second picture...

joo said...

Fabulous decorations and I love your photos!
have a great weekend:)

Cezar and Léia said...

Amazing Christmas decoration there, all wonderful indeed!
Your pictures are beautiful, very well done!
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

EG Wow said...

I'm amazed at that glass tree!

James said...

Beautiful shots! I love night time reflections!

pam said...

That is so amazing! I'm so glad you let me know where this post was...amazing.

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