The King’s Cross Christmas tree is always a surprise with a hint of the unexpected, and this year is no exception! There are not one but three magically unconventional trees for you to visit once lockdown lifts.
In Granary Square is the Electric Nemeton Tree which merges a fairy-tale forest with modern architecture. In Coal Drops Yard Botanical Boys have designed Terrarium Tree made up of 70 living, miniature gardens. And in Battle Bridge Place is the People’s Tree, an interactive multi-coloured installation that’s literally ‘powered by the people’.
King’s Cross is operating in line with the latest Covid guidance and our Christmas installations have been designed to enable you to enjoy them safely outdoors, and to support social distancing. Click here for information visiting King’s Cross safely.
The Electric Nemeton Tree in Granary Square
Designed by local architecture practice Sam Jacobs Studio, the 11 metre-tall Electric Nemeton Tree draws on the origins of the Christmas tree tradition: the ancient forest and the symbolism of the midwinter tree. With suggestions of futuristic metal pine trees, the design creates a space to walk through and an arresting sculptural object in the heart of Granary Square. The structure refers to ancient Celtic groves called Nemetons that were constructed using the natural landscape and acted as sacred gathering places – all echoed in the design to create a stunning festive tree.
The Terrarium Tree in Coal Drops Yard
Created by Coal Drops Yard residents the Botanical Boys, the 28ft Terrarium Tree is made from 70 terrariums, just like giant baubles, each containing a unique, individual miniature garden. The terrariums are surrounded by 168 mirrored baubles in differing sizes and will grow throughout the festive season and then be re-homed in 2021. At night, the terrariums are illuminated from below, casting a warm glow across Coal Drops Yard. The core structure of the tree is reusable and will continue to be transformed into new tree designs throughout the year ahead.
The People’s Tree at Battle Bridge Place
This multi-coloured interactive tree just outside the stations brings the local community and visitors together with playful dynamic light effects which are ‘powered by people’. Whether through footsteps on the base of the tree or the waving of hands or feet near the tree, sensors will power the glow, giving visitors a bright and brilliant festive experience for everyone to enjoy.