A Prickly Exhibition

A forest of 35 stylish fir trees, designed and made by design students at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts, La Cambre. Each one is sponsored by one of the stores in the Place du Grand Sablon or the surrounding area. Four prizes will be awarded:

Public prize (voting forms in the programme available on site or in the stores)
Le Sablon prize (jury of shopkeepers in the Place du Grand Sablon)
La Cambre Prize (jury of lecturers from the La Cambre art school)
L’Evénement Prize (jury of the staff from the magazine L’Evénement)
The four prize-winning fir trees will be auctioned at 8 p.m. on 1 December to the benefit of charity organisations working in the Le Sablon quarter – Nativitas and Conservamus.
Elie Levy, head of the Interior and Environmental Design Section at the La Cambre art school:

“Taking part in a public event is always a great opportunity for the students, and it puts them under great pressure, too.
When the Sablon Committee contacted us, we were glad to accept the invitation: 34 students from the first two years of interior and environmental design at La Cambre for 33 stores and a public space.
We asked them to design “a fir tree” or rather a festive moment that would represent the local stores in the run- up to the Christmas season.
The idea was not to decorate a green tree but to create an object, a large, surprising, festive object, a challenging and yet beautiful object, to create a surrealistic forest in the square and an enchanted trail through the Sablon quarter.
So our budding designers launched into this tricky exercise with the consent of the shopkeepers and, indeed, to their delight!
The budget they were allocated ranged widely – and so did the challenges.
Some fine ideas emerged, but the deadline was tight!
Come and see them at Le Sablon during the Nocturnes!”