The cicadas were still singing when the tender was issued. The City of Marseille is already preparing for the end of the year celebrations and if the call is still in progress, we can already have a small idea of the flagship element that we can find in the city center.
On the sidelines of the 219th Santons Fair and the Christmas market, the people of Marseilles will discover a large Christmas tree on the bottom of the pedestrianized Canebière, during the end-of-year illumination period, which will probably take place from November 26 to January 10 . Illuminated and rented from a service provider, the tree will be artificial although, specifies the consultation, “its design should be as close as possible to a natural tree“. Thus” cone “type firs, such as the 23-meter high one that the City had installed on the Cours d’Estienne d’Orves five years ago, are not allowed.
Why did you prefer an artificial tree over natural? Does this choice have an ecological intention? We remember that last year, the mayor EELV Bordeaux Pierre Hurmic was strongly after announcing that he would not install a Christmas tree “dead“on the Bordeaux squares. It is difficult to know if it is for the same reason or for a question of cost and maintenance that the City wants an artificial tree: Rebecca Bernardi, the deputy mayor in charge of trade, does not did not wish to speak while the call for tenders is still in progress.
What we do know, however, is that the tree must be at least 12 meters high. It must be equipped with a minimum of 25,000 scintillating light points, “cold white” color LEDs, a crown motif and fixed decorations in coordinated colors. At its foot, an aesthetic support will hide and prevent access to the underside of the device. The whole will be protected by a dam.
See you in a little less than two months to discover this giant tree that will link La Canebière and the Old Port.