Top Meteor tree just awesome

ELTON SMALLMAN
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2013
brooke baker tree
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WINNING DESIGN: Brooke Baker with – Arbol de Navidad – the tree of awesomeness.

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A Mexican inspired design has been determined the tree of awesomeness after it took out first prize at the 2013 Trees at the Meteor competition.

The tree's designer, Limited Vintage, was not there to collect the award but was inspired by a Christmas in Mexico City.

The 4-foot tall tree, Arbol de navidad, was made from wool blankets rolled into rosettes in reds, yellows and oranges and had pin lights and tiny pine cones interspersed throughout its boughs.

Trees volunteer and emcee Brooke Baker said the judges had a torrid time picking the category winners but came together to select the top tree.

"That's the tree of awesomeness, the official overall winner," she said.

Ms Baker said the tree was quite appealing and reminded her of Christmas holidays with her family. "I recognised it from my childhood and those kinds of feelings of begin snuggled up and warm with the family."

Other trees included a life-sized Dalek complete with plunger, toilet roll trees and an offering called the Ghost of Christmas Pasta which was made of dry Italian food products with a lace-like appearance.

"We saw some fantastic use of different materials," Ms Baker said.

But it was the consistency and creativity that won the Arbol de navidad the ribbon for first prize.

"It probably stood out because there were feelings of nostalgia and there was just really good craftsmanship and it was pretty much just awesome."

Trees at the Meteor was in its sixth year and organiser Dave White said this year may have been the strongest yet.

Some of the 62 entrants were made by first-timers while others were from people who had been a part of the event since its inception.

"There was always a whole smorgasbord of Christmas treats to be seen and to be heard."

Trees at the Meteor was themed on compassion and not consumption and major sponsor Greg Thomson from Thomson's ITM said the artistry was mind-blowing.

"I just can't believe the imagination of people. I just don't have that artistic flair."

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- Waikato Times

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