Downtown Christmas tree transformed into Valentine’s “art installation”


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pruning tree for valentines day

Downtown Christmas tree transformed into Valentine’s “art installation”

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At the main intersection of the quaint riverside city of Bourdaintown, where the Christmas tree stands every year, an unexpected and unique “art installation” has appeared.

Most of the branches of this two-story tree have been chopped off, but the top of the tree remains, brightly lit, and has become some type of plant, with red lights hanging from the trunk, and lover hearts under the tree.

As the owner of Artful Deposit, CJ Mugavero has been running the Bordentown gallery for 25 years, so is she the force behind this creative building?

“Yes, not me at all,” she said. “It was a wonderful surprise.”

Mugavero said it was the creation of Ed Foley Sr. of the town’s public works team.

Robert Erickson, director of public works, said Foley was the only one trained on their cherry-picking truck, so it was his responsibility to install and string lights on the town’s two-story Christmas tree .

pruning tree for valentines day

Friday, January 7, 2022 – The Christmas tree is still lit as it snows early in the morning in downtown Bordentown. Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media at NJ.com

“No matter how long it takes, he takes it upon himself to do it every year,” Erickson said. “He was often out in the pre-Thanksgiving cold because we always light up the tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.”

Foley said pruning is actually part of the process of removing branches from the bottom up each year when he takes the tree down.

“I would get rid of all the other branches and come back,” he said. “I made it look like a palm tree for three hours.”

This year, Foley and his daughter Caitlin, who often helps him organize trees, “started plucking the trees, which I thought was too late,” Mugavero said. It was one of those very cold days, so they kind of laughed and joked ‘Let’s run some red lights’ How about it?'”

pruning tree for valentines day

Friday, February 11, 2022 – The City of Bordentown has repurposed its downtown Christmas tree, turning it into a beautifully decorated Valentine’s pruning tree. Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media at NJ.com

At the last minute, Foley confirmed, he decided to have the trunk’s red light come on.

“It looked kind of bare with just the lights on top…so I said let me light the trunk with red lights because I have them.”

Even so, the original plan was to get back to serious work the following Monday and get the whole thing done.

But Mugavero said: “A lot of people just thought it was an amazing piece of public art. I thought it was intentional and I went crazy!”

The gallery owner was quick to post on Instagram and Facebook, publicly thanking the city.

Once residents heard they were going to take it down next Monday, there was a massive “Save the Trees” movement and in the court of social media opinion, people spoke out.

Mugavero, who is also a past president of the Bordentown Downtown Association, said: “I do remember the city having those huge red wooden hearts and the City of Bordentown and their urban public works put them around it.

“Now we have this beautiful art installation in the heart of the city.

pruning tree for valentines day

Friday, February 11, 2022 – Decorating Valentine’s Hearts is part of the island’s holiday display at the intersection of Crosswicks Street and Farnsworth Avenue in downtown Bordentown, where the town’s Christmas tree has been repurposed for trimming. Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media at NJ.com

pruning tree for valentines day

Friday, February 11, 2022 – The City of Bordentown has repurposed their Town Square Christmas tree, turning it into a beautifully decorated Valentine’s Trim Tree. The old town hall building is in the background. Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media at NJ.com

“You know, with COVID,” she added with an empathetic laugh, “we need all the joy that anyone can find. So it’s a welcome sight.”

Foley echoed her sentiments, saying: “It started as a little joke, but I wanted to do something to get people talking about things other than COVID. It worked! People have been talking about it for about two weeks. “

However, this moment was fleeting. Valentine’s Day is Monday, art installation or not, Foley said the tree will fall on Tuesday.

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Michael Mancuso can be contacted at mmancuso@njadvancemedia.com

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