In the manner of ancient religions, this creation paid homage to the age-old spirits of the trees that offer grace, foliage, shadow, a breath of fresh air and humanity to our towns. The concept recalled the notion of the sacred tree by dressing a tree with thousands of sparkling bells. These gold and silver adornments gleamed by day and shone at night to emphasise the tree's silhouette, the shape of its branches, its height, and its summer foliage. It thus became a living sculpture, a "bell tree", that charmed onlookers thanks to its striking appearance and musicality.
The Bell Tree was the product of the “Musical Trees” project which aimed to create beautiful, musical and whimsical installations using trees as the foundations. Created as part of the "Trees and Light" festival, the Bell Tree of Geneva was the first ever tree-sculpture of its kind.
The measurements of the tree were made on the same principle as a sewing pattern, thanks to the work of the costume designer Emilie Baillot.