An art installation made of recycled bottles will symbolize the holidays in downtown Silver Spring.
Eco-friendly met dazzling holiday display Saturday as Downtown Silver Spring unveiled an art installation made in the shape of a Christmas tree. Artist Julia Vogl created the structure from 1,685 recycled plastic bottles.
Artist Julia Vogl created the art installation for downtown Silver Spring.
Expect a very different symbol of the holidays to light up downtown Silver Spring this year. Artist Julia Vogl was commissioned to create something that would be "eco-friendly and has the spirit of the holidays." The result is an art installation in the shape of a Christmas tree, made entirely of recycled plastic bottles, each in a different color to represent the holiday plans of people in Silver Spring. For days, Vogl, a native of Washington, DC, collected over 1,000 used bottles from special trash cans placed near DSW, from Discovery Communications employees and from students at two local middle schools. The bottles range from run-of-the-mill water bottles to windshield wiper fluid containers to cough syrup bottles, Vogl said. "I …