May 2016

A talking, bilingual, interactive tree 

Over 4m tall, this tree was sculpted on our 6 axis CNC robotic arm was hand finished, cast in fibreglass and scenically painted to produce a realistic effect of bark for the trunk of the tree. The tree was then decorated with thousands of lightly glittered oak leaves to give it an even more magical look.

A white space was carefully left in order for industry partner Forth Reality to develop an animated face projection with moving lips synchronised to sound. The sound, triggered by a motion sensor, plays a welcome message which is repeated in various languages. Little animal friends make random appearances and interact with the tree achieved via projection.  The challenge of the sculpt involved various tests and adaptions in order to match the colour of the projection up with the scenic artwork trunk effect of the sculpt.