8.CONSUMERIST CHRISTMAS TREE (Prince Bishops Shopping Centre)
Thousands of discarded plastic bags transformed into a 9m high illuminated Christmas tree, laden with giant baubles...
Image: Consumerist Christmas Tree, Luzinterruptus, LUMIERE 2013, produced by Artichoke in Durham, Photo Matthew Andrews
Recycling at it's very best
Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus' Consumerist Christmas Tree aimed to challenge our addiction to plastic bags and consider the environmental consequences of our throw-away society, at a time of year when consumption hits an annual high.
We asked everyone in Durham to give us their spare plastic bags and invited them to take part in workshops to help create the tree.
The installation was a development of a piece first created by Luzinterruptus at the Gewerbemuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland, called 'Plastic Garbage Guarding the Museum'. Part of ‘Plastiksack!’ a four month exhibition which explored how our use of plastic bags symbolises our consumerist society.
What the artists said
The Consumerist Christmas Tree "is an installation that will help to raise awareness of the excessive use of plastic bags and the consequences that this consumption has on the environment...We thought about a grand Christmas tree, built of the bags used during the period prior to Christmas, the dates in which their use dramatically increases."
About the artists
Luzinterruptus are an anonymous art collective based in Madrid, Spain. They create public installations, using light as a means to embellish, or highlight anonymous places and corners that they feel have a special artistic value. Their installations can be political, subversive or humorous; they began by challenging the politics within the city of Madrid with installations that would often only last a few hours. Together since 2008, Luzinterruptus have since exhibited work internationally, including Buenos Aires, Venezuela and Russia.
Illustration by Marta Menacho
Consumerist Christmas Tree was presented in association with the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London and supported by Prince Bishops Shopping Centre.