The unconventional installation was ‘switched on’ at Trettenparken in the Filipstad neighbourhood on December 1st. It has since gone on to become a popular attraction in the city as the festive season approaches.
Measuring 14 metres tall and 12 metres wide, and weighing in at 27 tonnes, the tree contains 125,000 LEDs which flash and change colour in accordance with a data-driven programme.
It has also been designed specifically to withstand that harsh conditions of Norway’s winters, as well as the other seasons of the year.
“December is the darkest month of the year. That is why it is especially fitting to switch on this tree now,” businessman Carl Erik Hagen, part of the delegation which switched on the lights, said at the launch earlier this month according to Oslo Havn.
“Oslo Treet is a spellbinding art installation which I hope will be a source of enjoyment for people of all ages. I look forward to sharing the experience with Oslo's people and other spectators,” he added.
The tree was purchased by Hagen’s father, billionaire businessman Stein Erik Hagen, in 2017 as a gift to the city. The family has not confirmed its price, but it has been reported to have a value of 25 million kroner.
Hagen will also cover the tree’s operating costs.
“The tree represents Oslo's core values: the love of the forest, nature and the environment,” son Carl Erik Hagen said.
Although it is proving to be a Christmas hit, the tree is neither a Christmas tree nor a festive decoration.
It will remain at Trettenparken for an initial five years under an agreement with Oslo Municipality and the Port of Oslo.
Photo: Marie Peyre