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The Art of Christmas Creative Tree Trail

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The City of Adelaide Christmas Tree Towering Over Victoria Square


Christmas trees are everywhere in Adelaide at the moment, even if Rundle Mall traders complain that there still aren't enough. From the miniature glittery trees seen inside every shop, to the giant City of Adelaide Christmas Tree dominating Victoria Square, there are plenty of trees to remind us that it's the festive season again.

If you can't see the wood for the trees, then perhaps it's time to look for some completely different Christmas trees. Back in November, twelve South Australian artists were commissioned to decorate small stylised trees in the manner of their own choosing. Each decorated tree was then relocated to its place in Adelaide central business district. This created a free trail that winds along the banks of the River Torrens, onto the cultural boulevard of North Terrace, and out as far as Adelaide Zoo.

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Art of Christmas Creative Tree Trail


Based on famous international trails such as the Berlin bears, the Easter egg hunt in New York and Gromit Unleashed in Bristol, The Art of Christmas will transform Adelaide into an artistic Christmas wonderland throughout December. Every Art of Christmas tree looks decorative by day, and by night glows with excitement.

The talented team of Adelaide artists who were commissioned to decorate the Creative Tree Trail include Amy Joy Watson, Dan Withey, Emma Hack, Gavin Wanganeen Art, James Dodd, Kate Kurucz, Lisa King, Lucy Bonnin, Paul Grant, Tiff Manuell, Tom Borgas and Vans the Omega (Joel Van Moore).

I decided to do a test drive of the free Art of Christmas Creative Tree Trail, on a very warm evening. The downloadable map shows the location of the twelve Christmas trees, and suggests short, medium and long versions of the trail to follow. When you follow the trail be sure to take a printed copy of the map with you, and enter the competition with a letter from every tree. There's a Giraffe feeding experience for a whole family to be won. (Note: the giraffe does the feeding, not the winner).

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Creative Tree Trail Art Work by Emma Hack


As I had other things to see in Adelaide, I opted to sample just a few of the artists' creations at random, and started with the tree decorated by Emma Hack located outside government house. Fortunately each Christmas tree plinth includes a few words from the artist to explain their work, and I thought the floral theme in Emma Hack's artwork complements the Prince Henry Gardens park very well.

Further along North Terrace, outside the South Australian Museum Gavin Wanganeen's decorated tree had just started emitting a healthy glow. Titled "Star Dreaming Over Christmas", it wasn't a self-portrait, instead exploring the relationship between Gavin's Aboriginal culture and the Christian tradition of Christmas. I must admit I had never contemplated what the meaning of Christmas would be for indigenous people, and I found his artwork quite thought-provoking.

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Star Dreaming Over Christmas Art Work by Gavin Wanganeen


After following the trail further I found myself back at the Adelaide railway station, but could find no trace of a Christmas tree. Perhaps I was too early? I ducked down to the River Torrens where I discovered Stargazers from Dan Withey, another Art of Christmas decorated tree outside R Bar, just west of Home Ground Cafe Court. Unfortunately, I was too late for one venue, and too early for the other.

A brisk walk across Morphett Street bridge took me to Pinky Flat where the early signs of an Urban Beach were clear. I strolled the sandhills, peeked in the beach huts, and followed a family of ducks but couldn't find the Creative Tree Trail. A helpful security guard eventually told me that the tree had not arrived yet, but at least I had a sneak peek at Urban Beach Adelaide.

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Art of Christmas - Art Work by Dan Withers


Join in the fun of the free Art of Christmas Creative Tree Trail and see Adelaide through the eyes of these twelve South Australian artists. As the Art of Christmas website says:

"Each tree unique just like the artists themselves, will form the trail for you to follow. Get started by downloading the map. Take part in the twists and turns along the way including kids' activities, a letter jumble competition and more. Visit all the trees, find the clues and rearrange the letters to discover the mystery word for the chance to win a Giraffe feeding experience thanks to the Adelaide Zoo".

This Christmas tree trail is a wonderful family activity which is great fun for kids. Wait for a pleasant day when it's not too hot, and discover the beauty in Adelaide.

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Why? Admire Christmas trees decorated by Adelaide artists
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Where: Adelaide, SA
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Your Comment
What a wonderfully unique idea, Dave! Sunshine Coast Council could learn a trick or two here!
by Elaine (score: 3|4448) 16 days ago
Thanks for doing the Christmas tree test drive - it is a must do for me as I adore Christmas trees.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1031) 15 days ago
loved this idea, loved your photos - great article Dave.
by May Cross (score: 3|1109) 16 days ago
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