ojo rojo tree installation
Myself and Nic Browne, my fellow northern partner in crime have been working on this exiting project since January and can now finally reveal how we did it!
We started out with some super detailed artist renders and a whole world of pinterest inspiration from our clients, JJ and Trevor (The brains behind the operation).
With absolutely no idea how to achieve anything like these impressions we began to come up with our own designs based on methods and materials we knew how to work with.
We started out with mood boards and sketches showing colours and materials, which in the end consisted of copper wire (stolen from the contractors who were ripping it out from the site), chicken wire, calico (stolen from the bins of the fashion department at uni) and that's pretty much it.
Each wire leaf has been hand made by Nic and I. We started out by spot welding the shapes in copper coated steel rod. We made around 300 in total. For each we had to cut, overlock and tack a piece of calico that matched up to the exact shape of the leaf.
As we used the wire that was found on site from previously having been a shop, we had to painstakingly strip the plastic coating off of each individual wire, before twisting into coils. Needless to say, our hands ended up like that of a builder/rhino.
When it came to installing the tree, we simply used carabiners and wire that we had fixed into the existing ceiling beams. It wasn't quite the Sistine chapel, but it involved a lot staring up at the ceiling.
It took us both 3 months of working solidly on each element to get everything finished. All made worth-while by the feeling of being able to stand underneath all our work and truly experience that romantic, enchanting atmosphere we were going for. Go check it out at Ojo Rojo alongside their incredible selection of food and epic drinks!