Gary Card's Electric Christmas Tree with Vauxhall30/11/2012
Gary Card's electric Christmas tree will become a nightly spectacle when it opens up in an hourly display revealing his almost alien cybernetic design, and mechanical structure! Inspired by the Vauxhall Ampera, the innovative new extended-range electric vehicle, and a shared passion for progress in electricity and design, Card has used Vauxhall Ampera parts to create this landmark installation, which will light up Regent's Canal.
"When Vauxhall approached me to design a Christmas tree, my immediate response was to create something mechanical. I loved the idea of applying the almost alien cybernetic design of the Ampera engine, to the familiar silhouette of the Christmas tree. The overall design is inspired by the angles of the Ampera with a little nod to the robot iconography I loved as a child. I wanted to celebrate the fact that the Ampera is an electric car by having an electrical mechanism powering the Christmas tree." Gary Card
The Vauxhall Ampera Season will see Gary Card’s Electric Christmas at the King's Cross Filling Station on display each evening from 30 November 2012 to 6 January 2013.
Photographer - David Parry/PA