Scoundrel Projects Reveals First Phase of Christmas in Sydney

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Project led by Scoundrel's director and artist James Dive
Scoundrel Projects Reveals First Phase of Christmas in Sydney

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 in Sydney.

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.


SCOUNDREL_DIVE2.jpgStanding 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 hasSCOUNDREL_DIVE3.jpg 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.SCOUNDREL_DIVE4.jpg

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 love."

Says Adrian Shapiro, executive producer,SCOUNDREL_DIVE5.jpg 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 projectsSCOUNDREL_DIVE6.jpg 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.


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