Eva Márquez is a high-school art teacher in the city of Écija, near my hometown. She proposed to her senior class the creation of a Christmas tree made with a variety of recycled materials. To begin with, they built the frame with long wooden beams
After the frame was ready, they covered it with greenhouse mesh
They gathered a bizzillion plastic bottles, cut them vertically, punched a couple of holes on the top, and threaded them with strong fishing line
The long threads of bottles were attached to the mesh like ruffles on a dress
Once the tree was completely covered in bottles, it was spray-painted in green and splashed in many different colors, in Jackson Pollock-fashion
Meanwhile, they decorated the tree topper
This styrofoam head was a dumpster find!
The tree was crowned with the head
Final touches to the masterpiece
A nice closeup of the bottles
This lady-tree is so cool! When I was in high-school, we never did anything remotely similar. I can't even remember what we did in art class, which means it surely was lame and boring
A project like this has tremendous value. I am sure that before this, many never saw a plastic bottle beyond its function as a carrier of soda or water. This tree opened the eyes and the minds of a lot of people!
And here are the proud artists!
My sincere thanks to Eva Márquez for allowing me to share her story, her tree, and her wonderful photos!