Scoundrel has unveiled its latest commission,
the all-new Martin Place Christmas Tree for the City of Sydney. As part
of a four year roll out Sydney-wide, the re-launch of the Martin Place
Christmas tree marks the first stage of Scoundrel's appointment by City
of Sydney as the head design studio, charged with transforming Christmas
Lead by Scoundrel's director and artist James Dive,
the tree measures a height of 25 metres, has 110,000 digitally mapped
lights, 330 baubles, a three and a half metre colour-changing star and
15,000 native flowers featuring Banksia, Waratah, Bottlebrush, Wattle,
Eucalyptus Gum Flower, Kangaroo Paw, Flannel Flower, Pink Wax Flower and
White Wax Flower.
Standing eight stories high and sitting pride of place in the centre of
Sydney, the Christmas tree illuminates Martin Place with five
spectacular light shows each evening.
Says Lord Mayor Clover Moore: "For 47 years, the Martin Place Christmas Tree has
been the centrepiece
of our celebrations in Sydney. It is
beautiful during the day, but the nightly light shows will turn the tree
into a joyful spectacle."
The Scoundrel design team and
manufacturer Visual Inspirations enlisted more than 70 people and
invested over 4,000 hours to design and construct the tree.
Says James Dive, head
designer: "I've always felt Christmas in Sydney has a
great love of tradition, but there's also this wonderful levity. Over
the next four years Scoundrel looks forward to capturing this dual
Says Adrian Shapiro, executive producer,
Scoundrel: "It's a big honour for us to be involved in bringing
Christmas to the city of Sydney and we're looking forward to rolling out
bigger and bolder elements of the concept in the coming years."
The project comes
off the back of a big year for Scoundrel Projects. The multi-disciplined
production arm have delivered projects
nationally and internationally
including a playground for Westfield Carousel in Western Australia, a
summer bar for the Museum of Contemporary Art, a one tonne installation
for the QVB Sydney, a store intervention for Kenzo in Japan, and most
recently a video art installation for Paspaley.