I built this 4 1/2 foot tall tree for the Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, IN. They asked me to keep it a secret until the festival that happened last week. In general, the festival has about 50 artificial trees where people decorate their tree in a unique way. Mine was one of two trees at the event where the tree itself was built by the designer. This is the first time a LEGO tree has been displayed at the event. The tree received the second most votes for the people's choice award.
I started designing the tree in July. I used approximately 8,000 pieces (including about 2,800 of the leaves) to build the tree. The 450 Christmas lights were wrapped in the branches before adding the greenery. The ornaments are just 1x1 round plates and 1x1 tiles of various colors. The 1x1 plates and tiles were used as ornaments because the "leaves" are not ABS plastic and they droop very badly with any additional weight added to them.
The tree was constructed in 4 vertical sections so that it could be transported. The total weight is about 70 pounds. I made one logistical error. The tree is 3 feet across at the lowest branches and my front door is only 35 inches wide. But, I managed to squeeze it through with minimal damage.
My favorite part of the tree is actually the angel on top.
The tree is fragile and takes up the entire back of the SUV. So, there is no plan to move it from it's final home with the anonymous person that sponsored the build in Fort Wayne. I would have posted pictures sooner. But I was asked to keep it a "secret" until it was unveiled at the festival. Sorry...I wish I still had it myself
Wowsers! As a former resident of the Ft. Wayne area (two of my sisters live in the Fort, the rest of the family is about 40 minutes away, I've been to that festival and it's pretty neat. No wonder this bad boy went over so well -- it's terrific!