Silver Spring Christmas tree
Here in Silver Spring, Maryland, a different sort of tree is being used to celebrate Christmas. It’s in downtown Silver Spring, among the restaurants and stores, and it’s made of products rather than branches.
It’s called Playtime Jubilee, and it’s made of sleds, chairs, xylophones, sports equipment, and Frisbees. All these were donated by a local hardware store (Strosniders), and after the holidays, these products will be donated to the charity A Wider Circle.
I think it’s a great combination of art and giving. If you want to see a traditional live (or formerly live) tree, there are plenty of places to see them. But this one is one of a kind. It’s creative and unusual and charitable. Those sleds and sports equipment aren’t going to feed someone in need, but I bet they’ll inspire smiles. And hopefully we’ll receive some good snow this winter to give kids a chance to use those sleds.
The tree was designed by Karl Unnasch. Who is cool not just for having two “n’s” in a row in his name, but is cool for creating this neat public work of art. For the tree brightens not just those who will receive the products, but those who walk by it.
Check out his project page for the tree for lots more photos and description and some video coverage of it.