If you’ve wandered through East Village recently, you might have noticed some additions to the neighbourhood…
The community recently came together to watch the beautiful Frozen Trees being lit for the first time. The unusual trees comprise 1,296 reusable and highly recyclable IKEA plastic bag dispensers so they’re certainly a talking point in E20.
The Frozen Trees, which look especially dramatic at night, were switched on by East Village residents 15-year-old William McKissock and nine-year-old Ryan Rielly. Street food vans and a bar were on hand for residents and the wonderful Gospeloke sang their hearts out (for those not in the know, Gospeloke is a form of karaoke supported by a gospel choir!) After all, what better way to get in the Christmas spirit?
Portuguese designers, LIKE Architects, are behind the work, which makes a creative argument for the importance of multi-purposing and reusing every-day items.
Antonio Pedro Araújo from LIKE Architects said: “By bringing these domestic objects into the urban scale we’re encouraging creativity and demonstrating the multi-functionality of daily objects. By putting a twist on the usual invisibility of Christmas lights during the day, this artwork hopes to delight and inspire East Village residents.”
However, the Frozen Trees aren’t the only piece of art to spot in East Village at the moment… The festive East Village artwork, which will be in East Village until January 2015, is joined by Nathan Coley’s A Place Beyond Belief. The large-scale sculpture illuminates the importance of communities building a future together. The impressive Place Beyond Belief sculpture can be found in Victory Park, and the Frozen Trees between Belvedere and Victory Park.
And to make an art hat-trick, we’re also joined by two bright and colourful mini bus sculptures in East Village. In total there are 11 in E20 – with many dotted around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – so make sure to look out for them all if you haven’t already! These buses have each been painted by well-known and aspiring artists so each one is different. To follow the E20 bus trail, visit tfl.gov.uk.