Building intent: Adriana Avendaño Christie’s everlasting Lego tree
Creators: Adriana Avendaño Christie
The Pallet Kingdom all started as a beautiful accident. Colombian-born Christie and her partner were eager to start a social enterprise and learning about the amount of wood waste that ends up in landfill sparked an interest in finding ways to use it. Now it goes around Auckland collecting discarded shipping pallets and, working alongside troubled youth, it creates bespoke furniture and art.
Description: “It’s not every day we get an opportunity to create something that sends a message beyond creativity. Being part of the Pallet Kingdom has allowed us to develop a sense of protection for trees. The timber we are using comes from trees that were not valued enough. They ended their cycle too soon and are destined for landfill. This Lego tree will be in this world forever, but it won’t feed, roof or make oxygen for us. Our intention is for the spectator to realise that we are at a point that repurposing, reusing and upcycling should be the status quo. #SavetheTrees.”