Fata Morgana Christmas Tree
22 NOVEMBER 2018 -
04 JANUARY 2019
Wembley Park's Christmas Tree
Fata Morgana, a festive installation by experimental design practice Silo Studio, was commissioned by international design journal Disegno as part of the inaugural 2018 Xmasbox Christmas celebrations at Wembley Park.
An alternative take on the traditional Christmas tree, the work comprises 160 green ribbons of different shades, made from the material that advertising banners are usually printed on. These ribbons are strung tightly inside a steel box to form the parabolic outline of five conifers – resembling a section of a forest, rather than single tree. At 8ft x 20ft, the box around the trees has the dimensions of a standard international shipping container – a nod to the units used to construct the nearby Boxpark Wembley.
“Instead of a single tree we have made a section of a forest, as a specimen kept inside a box. Using ribbons made from the material that advertising banners are produced from, we have woven and interconnected the trees to represent how the trees communicate”
– Attua Aparicio Torinos and Oscar Lessing, Silo Studio
About Silo Studio
Silo Studio is the design collaboration of Attua Aparicio Torinos and Oscar Lessing, who formed the partnership while studying on the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art, London, from 2009 to 2011.
Coming from backgrounds in engineering and design, the core of Silo’s work is to look at industrial processes and materials, bringing them into the studio to develop. By adopting a hands-on approach, which they refer to as ‘Handmade hi-tech’, they aim to discover possibilities that the production line does not see, developing the expressive potential in industrial materials. A mix of craft and technology.
Disegno is the world’s leading quarterly journal dedicated to long-form independent reporting and critical writing on design. Released in April, June, September and November, Disegno includes a mixture of reportage, photo essays, profiles, critical discussion, interviews, reviews and round tables.
Covering design, architecture, fashion, urbanism, graphics and technology, Disegno also provides political commentary, academic analysis, arts photography and discussion of current affairs for a design-interested audience. Alongside its quarterly journal, Disegno also runs an events programme that includes workshops, lectures, walks, panel discussions, podcasts, exhibitions and parties. Disegno’s website is also updated daily with breaking news from the design world.
Fata Morgana: Where does the name come from?
FINDING WEMBLEY PARK
Wembley Park is easy to reach from central London with three tube lines and an overland line. The Jubilee Line offers access to Bond Street in 19 minutes from Wembley Park Station. The Metropolitan Line has fewer stops to reach Wembley Park Station, and many people swap onto it at Baker Street or Finchley Road. The journey time from Baker Street to Wembley Park Station is 12 minutes. The Bakerloo Underground Line is accessed from Wembley Central Station, offering access to Paddington, Charing Cross and Waterloo. The London Overground Line also runs from Wembley Central Station and gets you to Clapham Junction in 22 minutes.
Wembley Park has over 3,000 secure car parking spaces. Wembley Park’s official marshalled car parks are all close to Wembley Park’s iconic venues. The nearest car park to the SSE Arena Wembley is the Gold Car park