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Christmas Tree
4 1/2 foot tall LEGO Christmas Tree
About this creation


I built this 4 1/2 foot tall tree for the Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, IN. They asked me to keep it a secret until the festival that happened last week. In general, the festival has about 50 artificial trees where people decorate their tree in a unique way. Mine was one of two trees at the event where the tree itself was built by the designer. This is the first time a LEGO tree has been displayed at the event. The tree received the second most votes for the people's choice award.

I started designing the tree in July. I used approximately 8,000 pieces (including about 2,800 of the leaves) to build the tree. The 450 Christmas lights were wrapped in the branches before adding the greenery. The ornaments are just 1x1 round plates and 1x1 tiles of various colors. The 1x1 plates and tiles were used as ornaments because the "leaves" are not ABS plastic and they droop very badly with any additional weight added to them.

The tree was constructed in 4 vertical sections so that it could be transported. The total weight is about 70 pounds. I made one logistical error. The tree is 3 feet across at the lowest branches and my front door is only 35 inches wide. But, I managed to squeeze it through with minimal damage.

My favorite part of the tree is actually the angel on top.



Comments

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  December 25, 2011
That is one kick butt tree - very well done! Lee.
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  December 24, 2011
The tree looks awesome! How long did it take you to build it? Merry Christmas - Thomas
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  December 18, 2011
Wow! That is an incredible piece of art! It looks very real.
Bryan Bonahoom
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Beaver boy ?
  December 13, 2011
You should totally sell trees like this, decorating will be three times as fun!
Bryan Bonahoom
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Dave Sterling
  December 13, 2011
This is awesome Bryan! An amazing piece of artwork and congrats on getting so many votes. Any chance we'll see this at Brickworld? :-)
Bryan Bonahoom
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A Dying Breed
  December 13, 2011
This should be MOTD on Christmas. Simply Amazing. I cannot match the skill or even have the time that you have. If I could rate this anything above a 5/5. I would.
Bryan Bonahoom
Sa´do Dieono
  December 13, 2011
OMG that look like that was hard too making it and geting the parts
 I made it 
  December 13, 2011
The tree is fragile and takes up the entire back of the SUV. So, there is no plan to move it from it's final home with the anonymous person that sponsored the build in Fort Wayne. I would have posted pictures sooner. But I was asked to keep it a "secret" until it was unveiled at the festival. Sorry...I wish I still had it myself
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  December 13, 2011
WOW! This is huge! Looks like a real one. It is very very beautiful.
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  December 13, 2011
It's Christmas time.
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  December 13, 2011
Wow that is incredible and it looks like a real Christmas Tree. well done.
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  December 13, 2011
..."Sniff"...smells like plastic. Great job :)
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  December 13, 2011
I generally hate plastic trees, but it seems I'm making an exception today.
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  December 13, 2011
Wow, amazing! Very well done!
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  December 13, 2011
Wow amazing!!!
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  December 13, 2011
Santa will have to be careful not to break the tree. Brilliant piece of work!
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  December 13, 2011
Woah! This is great!
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  December 13, 2011
Holy moly. That's really neat, it looks just like a tree! (Maybe even better than the common artificial trees.)
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  December 13, 2011
So YOU'RE the reason dark green leaves are so bloody expensive!
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  December 13, 2011
Wow---biggest tree I've ever seen! Merry Christmas!
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  December 13, 2011
Nice tree!!! Merry Christmas to everybody!
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  December 13, 2011
I wish I had that much dark green! Incredible angel!
 I made it 
  December 13, 2011
Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. And Merry Christmas :) ...adding more info in the description too.
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  December 13, 2011
Incredible! It looks just like the real thing, great work!
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  December 13, 2011
Incredible! It looks just like the real thing, great work!
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  December 13, 2011
Wow, this should have much more likes, this is amazing!
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  December 13, 2011
Love it Bryan! Excellent work! Merry Christmas to you and your family and can't wait to see you guys again in June! ~ Chris.
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  December 13, 2011
wow!
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  December 13, 2011
Whoa, its absolutely brilliant, the detail and design is just epic. Nicely done
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  December 13, 2011
Oh my, That is just amazing. You must have alot of dark green plant peices! I wish I can rate this 100,000,000/5 but I can't. Here you go: 5/5
Bryan Bonahoom
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The One Who Needs Pieces
  December 12, 2011
Very Epic it deserves 50 at least for all this time and pieces!
Bryan Bonahoom
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The One Who Needs Pieces
  December 12, 2011
Very Epic it deserves 50 at least for all this time and pieces!
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  December 12, 2011
Oh my! That's just amazing!
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  December 12, 2011
70 POUNDS!!!!! that wheighs more than me!!!!! great job man!!
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  December 12, 2011
Wowsers! As a former resident of the Ft. Wayne area (two of my sisters live in the Fort, the rest of the family is about 40 minutes away, I've been to that festival and it's pretty neat. No wonder this bad boy went over so well -- it's terrific!
 
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