A Festive Use for Recyclable Materials

Forget Fraser Fir; eight participants give Christmas an eco-friendly makeover at Re-Tree, opening this weekend.

Tiverton’s second annual Re-Tree event has garnered eight participants this year who will construct personalized Christmas trees with at least 90 percent recycled material.

The open space behind the Four Corners Art Center will turn into a winter wonderland with scattered recycled Christmas trees lit up for the opening reception tomorrow, Saturday night, starting at 4 p.m. The nearby Meeting House, connected to the art center, will also host a local artisan fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibition will stay up through January 4. Last year’s Re-Tree event featured designs that used old CDs, film rolls, bicycle wheels, lobster netting and garage items.

This year’s first participants are a duo from Dartmouth’s Lloyd Center for the Environment, Erika Fernandes, outreach educator, and Liz Moniz, outreach and education director. Their marine-themed tree took three weeks to put together from beginning designs to assembly with the help of three staff and three volunteers. The nearly six-foot-tall structure is held upright by four arrowhead branches and decorated with more than 100 woven plastic bags and nine plastic bottle jellyfish hanging inside the tree. Lined with solar power Christmas lights, the tree stands on connected PVC pipes and is topped with a solar lamp.

Jennifer Sunderland, director of the Four Corners Art Center, says she encouraged participants to consider solar to power their trees this year. Three judges will assess the recycling efforts of each tree, its architecture and its illumination, and the winner will win a $150 cash prize.

 

Re-Tree Details: Dec. 13–Jan. 4. Free admission. Tiverton Four Corners, 3852 Main Rd., 401-624-2600, tivertonfourcorners.com/calendar.

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