An unexpected holiday look in Maple Grove

Designers are going for the unexpected when it comes to holiday decorations at the Shoppes of Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove. It's a big project inspired by a sculpture thousands of miles away. They hope it will bring people in just to take a look, and of course stay to do a little shopping.

That unique look involves big balls of grapvines covered by thousands of lights. The balls are then stacked in a fashion to resemble a Christmas tree. 

After setting up a real tree last year, Shoppes manager Wendy Thompson says this year they wanted to do something different.

"I thought how can we do something that is a little out of the box and non traditional, that will be more of an attraction for people to come out to the Shoppes?"

Little by little, that non-traditional look is taking shape inside a warehouse in Plymouth. A company called Christmas Décor creates decorations for dozens of retailers and homeowners. But this one is different.

"We've never done anything like this," says Sue Holscher. But they're convinced it will be different and eye–catching. 

Thompson found the inspiration on the Internet. A picture of a sculpture from Istanbul, Turkey caught her eye.

"I started doing a little research on the internet, and found a tree fabricated out of steel. It was a beautiful lit image. Its something that is unexpected."
But what do you call it?  It's not really a tree.

"We're referring to the piece that's being installed as a holiday sculpture because its not going to exactly be a tree," says Wendy Thompson. "I think people will be pleasantly surprised."

Mike Johnson, reporting

November 9, 2012



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