The Nativity Scene

Yesterday was World Peace Day, and during Father’s homily he mentioned that the Nativity scene is the perfect example of a symbol peace at Christmas. St. Francis of Assisi is credited with the creation of the first nativity scene in which he brought animals and humans together to celebrate Christ’s birth.

This made me think of the Nativity scenes that are positioned in public spaces during the holiday season. In Hamilton, we are lucky to have a nativity scene positioned outside of city hall. I have one made of cardboard and little figurines. But the one that is probably the most famous is the annual display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York City. The Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche, in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall. Continue reading “The Nativity Scene”

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A Christmas Sleigh Ride

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This year the city of Budapest unveiled a spectacular Christmas tree made out of 365 wooden sleighs. Multidisciplinary studio Hello Wood built the 11-meter-tall tree in just one week and placed it in front of the Palace of Arts in the Hungarian capital. The installation will stay there until the end of season, after which it will be dismantled and the sleighs will be donated to kids living in the SOS Children’s Village homes.

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The temporary installation was put together using welding techniques that made its structure look like a giant snowflake. The carpenters of Hello Wood created a wooden frame, which was brought to the site and covered with wooden sledges.

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The steel base weights 4.5 tons, making the whole structure heavy enough to withstand the heavy winds of winter. Each of the four stems of the installation holds 325 kilograms. The alpinists of Hello Wood then started hanging the sledges from the top down, and the tree slowly started to take shape.

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The final result was a 11-meter high dreamlike Christmas tree that showcases the ingenuity of construction techniques used by the designers.

Photos courtesy of Daniel Domolky