Standing 18 meters (or 46 feet) tall, is an awesome new tree sculpture made of 80 different types of fabric. The Baobab Tree, created by Pirate Technics, was inspired by Africa’s baobab tree, which is the oldest living specimen in Africa and has long been a symbol for community. Rings about 16 feet wide were used to build the tree before it was wrapped with fabric. It sits outside the Southbank Centre in London, England.
“During the summer, thousands of people will gather in London and visitors from across the globe will be stepping closer to one another,” said Creative Director Beatrix Eden of Pirate Technics.
“Inspired by the idea of the space between strangers becoming smaller we created the Baobab Tree as a unique meeting place for chance encounters sparking new conversations. Every culture uses fabrics and patterns, whether in traditional dress, uniform or decoration. Fabrics have always traveled, designs crossing borders, being altered and traded back. Within the fabric of our tree we hope that visitors will recognize threads from their own cultures woven into this meeting place at the heart of a global gathering.”
It is expected that millions of visitors will see this sculpture in London this summer.