This project took place last year, but think of it as the ceramic version of the Rankin/Bass stop motion animated Christmas specials, such as Rudolph or Frosty the Snowman, that air each holiday season. Inge Vanluyd and Stefan Vanbergen of Mooz, a creative firm in Belgium, called on the Belgian city of Hasselt to help them construct a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made up of 5,000 items of cast-off porcelain.
The Taste Tree project is about that odd plate or cup at home that doesn’t match anything and so never gets used. Rather than send these items to an Island of Misfit Porcelain, Mooz asked for the city to donate their unwanted plates and cups to the project, “We decorated the tree with objects which would otherwise have remained invisible.”
Enjoy these pictures while we imagine Clark Griswold from Christmas Vacation trying to strap this thing to the roof of his station wagon and drive home with it.
Above image: Mooz’s 2012 Taste Tree in Hasselt, Belgium. Courtesy of the designers. Photograph by Kristof Vranken.