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Post-Festival Fate of the Metheun Tree

Sometimes I’d just stare and think…I wonder what’s become of her? Just a couple months ago we wrote about plastic bottle holiday trees, including this recyclarific example from the 2008 Methuen (Massachussetts) annual Festival of Trees. And now that the holidays are over, we sadly assumed she had been shredded to bits and cruelly bundled in a recycling center or worse, buried alive in a dank, smelly landfill.

So imagine my excitement to see her again while browsing Flickr, under the heading I WON THIS AT THE METHUEN FESTIVAL OF TREES.

This must be this the same tree, I think, but she sure looks different in the morning without her lights! So I send a message to the owner to inquire about her fate… “I’m curious… what happens to it now?”

The happy response: “We have decided to move it to our pool area and keep it as a conversation piece.”  She always loved being by the water, and now she’s a bathing beauty. And possibly headed for another adventure as a emergency rescue flotation device. Ah, life’s funny.

Water Bottle Christmas Trees

Seen In Bangkok, Thailand in 2007, photograph from Flickr by Rob in London.

2007 in Malta, a tree constructed with 4100 bottles by the students of San Swann primary school Santa Bernadette, guided by teachers and artist Joe Barbara.  Photo from gozonews.com.

An unusual display at the 2008 Methuen (Massachussetts) annual Festival of Trees. Photo by 2blueyeboyz on Flickr.

Seen in 2006, Taipei Taiwan Hualien – Taroko Gorge, and photographed by Flickr-er quicklymilktea.

A 2008 brand-tastic tree constructed of full water bottles in Shenzhen’s Hua Qiang Be, a display called “perverse” by Flickr photographer Rock the Bike.