Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Ghost of Christmas Past

After yesterday's rant on the Lincoln Center Christmas tree, I searched the internet for some photos of that tree in years past and posted them below.

In this first photo below, note the position of the tree. The perspective of the New York State Theatre to the left and Avery Fisher Hall to the right lead to the backdrop of the Metropolitan Opera House providing a dramatic frame for the tree with the fountain in the center. The beauty of Lincoln Center is being used to its full advantage here. All elements are part of a stunning overall effect. Also, in this position the tree draws passersby into the square rather than them being able to just lean out the window of a cab and snap a picture as they cruise by. In the photo below you can make out some of the illuminated musical instruments I mentioned in yesterday's post--an appropriate theme for Lincoln Center.
Finally, below you can see the shape and color of the clusters of lights on the tree which happen to echo the color and shape of the Met's famous Austrian Crystal chandeliers in the lobby. (Unfortunately you can't see them in this photo, so you'll have to take my word for it.) But it's obvious the chandeliers were considered in the design concept for the tree by a very thoughtful designer. Sorry to be such a Christmas curmudgeon about the new tree. I have strong opinions about design. Just compare these photos to the current tree in yesterday's post. Am I wrong?

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At 12:03 AM, Blogger judy said...

Right, as usual, Michael. I can't believe they got rid of those wonderful musical instruments that were so perfectly appropriate for the Lincoln Center tree. What are they nuts?

Hopefully they'll come to their senses next year.

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