A Christmas Tree with a difference for Brewery Wharf


An innovative art and design-led Christmas tree, designed and built by Leeds Beckett University students, is set to be unveiled at Brewery Wharf.


The tree carries on the tradition of Brewery Wharf being a showcase for public art, with the new tree being created by students from Leeds Beckett’s Masters in Architecture course. Standing some five metres tall, the tree has been built within the need for nuts, bolts or screws, blending art and design with innovative engineering techniques to interlock the 1500 pieces.


The imaginative installation has been developed in partnership with Leeds-based property company Rushbond and will be unveiled at Brewery Wharf on Friday at 5pm.


Postgraduate architecture students Nick Hart and Paul Bedson spearheaded the design, alongside 30 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The design has emerged from an analysis of patterns, in particular the crystalline structures in snow flakes.


Keith Andrews, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Leeds Beckett, said: ‘The collaboration between Leeds Beckett and Rushbond is an exemplar of the potential in creative collaborations between private enterprise and the University. This is most certainly something we would like to build upon with Rushbond and other notable companies that are committed to art in the City, particularly in the light of the forthcoming British Art Show being held at the Leeds Art Gallery next year’.


Mark Finch, Real Estate Director at Rushbond, added: ‘We are pleased to provide Leeds Beckett’s and their students with an opportunity to showcase their impressive creative and design skills. The University has a key role to play in raising the bar nationally for the City, and supporting talent, in the fields of art, architecture and design. Hopefully the tree will stimulate some imaginative thinking in how things can be done a bit differently!’


Head of the School of Art, Architecture and Design (AAD) at Leeds Beckett, Dr Rebekka Kill said:  “This is a really great celebratory example of how we work with commercial and philanthropic partners to benefit our community, our students and stakeholders. I think the design looks amazing and will add some festive cheer to the residents of Leeds. Merry Christmas!”


Rushbond are close partners to the Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology at Leeds Beckett University. They work closely on academic projects with the university to highlight students’ work, boost students’ employability and keep creative talent in the City and Region. Rushbond also support students at Leeds Beckett by awarding scholarships to undergraduate students studying in the School of AAD. Most recently, the University collaborated with Rushbond on the new Tim Etchells neon artwork, installed at the Algernon Firth Building off Leeds’ Great George Street.


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