A tree made of donated toys
Vibrant and unique, practical and clever and absolutely the most eclectic tree I’ve ever seen in my life, Playtime Jubilee is a colorful hodgepodge of children’s toys strategically placed into the form of a holiday tree by artist Karl Unnasch.
Serving as the holiday centerpiece in the Fountain Plaza of Downtown Silver Spring (my neck of the woods), the Playtime Jubilee tree is just what the area needed to bring in the holiday season. One can’t help but stop and look in awe of the tree whether at daytime or in the evening when it glows.
I was shocked that the tree appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and disappointed when they reported that many prefer a traditional tree instead of this one. Did this really make news? Yup, and I think people need to relax and enjoy the tree for the piece of art that it is. The downtown Silver Spring area has drastically changed in the past decade and I am proud to see that it is embracing the arts in a variety of ways. My only regret is that I did not have the pleasure of watching Unnasch at work putting the tree together.
A personal “Thank you” to Karl Unnasch for making my family holiday photos extra special this year! If you are in the area, I highly recommend you get the kiddies together and take some pictures.
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