The most beautiful Christmas-tree is in Kaunas. At least according to opinion of DELFI readers, who for the third year in a row chose Kaunas’ tree as Lithuania’s most beautiful Christmas-tree. The second place went to the Christmas-tree of Mažeikiai; Palanga won third place, delfi.lt reported on 23 December.
In the election of most beautiful Christmas-trees participated 871 readers. Kaunas’s tree reached 31.4%, 13.6% voted for a Mazeikiai’s one, 13.2% – for Palanga’s one.
The main Kaunas’ Christmas-tree was decorated by artist Jolanta Šmidtiene. The beauty of Kaunas this year did not smell like resins — to make the 13 metres high Christmas-tree more than 32 thousands plastic emerald colour bottles were used.
“Primarily, I am an artist. Like all artists, we look for something different. I’ve been fiddling with plastic for some time — I liked the colour. The most significant idea of the tree is that from a simple, useless thing which could be treated as rubbish it is possible to create a miracle”, — said J. Šmidtiene to DELFI.
According to the artist, under the Catholic traditions the tree will stand until Candlemas — 2 February. After that J. Šmidtiene plans to surround the City Hall Square with the spheres of the Christmas-tree and to organize a photoshoot and a performance “Goodbye to the Emerald”.
“We have received various invitations and suggestions; I suspect that the tree will travel somewhere — we might be invited to display it in one of the towns in Germany and Italy”, — said J. Šmidtiene.
The artist has noticed that at first the people looked at the Christmas-tree with suspicion but after they actually saw it, they felt satisfied. Foreign media became interested in the ecological idea and the design of the tree.