Giant statue made of 350 trees for outside Buckingham Palace


Written by Hafsa Khalil, CNNLondon

When Britain celebrates 70 years on the throne of Queen Elizabeth II in June, a striking tree-shaped sculpture will stand outside Buckingham Palace, at the center of the celebrations.
Designed by Heatherwick Studio, the 69-foot “Tree of Trees” will feature 350 native British trees attached to a giant steel frame, as a result of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative that invited Brits to “plant a tree for the anniversary” between October 2021 and March 2022. More than one million trees have been planted in these months, according to the QGC website.

British designer Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, said in a press release that the Tree of Trees “came together from workshops and nurseries across the country as part of an incredible community campaign that is literally changing the landscape of our country.”

Heatherwick has been behind many high profile design projects, from the new Routemaster buses in London to the 2012 Olympic Cauldron. The latest sculpture harks back to the tree theme of some of the studio’s previous works.

Last year in Shanghai, Heatherwick and his team created 1000 Trees, a shopping center with 1,000 trees in planters atop the building’s 1,000 structural columns.
In the US, Heatherwick built Little Island, a park on a pier on Manhattan’s riverbank that features more than 100 different tree and plant species native to New York.

All 350 trees on the Tree of Trees will be in aluminum pots with the Queen’s cypher engraved, according to Heatherwick Studio. In October, after the anniversary festivities, the trees will be distributed to social organizations.

The Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations, which will include a parade and beacon lighting at more than 1,500 locations across the UK and Overseas Territories, will take place from June 2nd to June 5th.

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