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London Olympics Baobab Tree Sculpture Uses Fabric To Tell A Yarn

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Mike De Butts adds the finishing touches to a giant Baobab Tree sculpture entitled 'Under the Baobab', outside the Southbank Centre on May 24, 2012 in London, England. The Pirate Technics' installation is made from a selection of brightly coloured fabrics from around the world, and is part of the Southbank Centre's 'Festival of the World' exhibition, which includes a series of large scale pieces of art that will be in place around the Southbank centre over the Summer.
Mike De Butts adds the finishing touches to a giant Baobab Tree sculpture entitled 'Under the Baobab', outside the Southbank Centre on May 24, 2012 in London, England. The Pirate Technics' installation is made from a selection of brightly coloured fabrics from around the world, and is part of the Southbank Centre's 'Festival of the World' exhibition, which includes a series of large scale pieces of art that will be in place around the Southbank centre over the Summer.

The London Olympics will bring together people from all cultures and a group of British artists are celebrating that idea with a giant tree.

But not just any tree. The sculpture entitled "Under the Baobab" uses half a ton of steel, several tons of wood, nearly 2,400 feet of fabric and almost a kilometer of piping to create a fabric-covered replica of a baobab tree, which has long been a symbol of community in Africa.

Creative director Beatrix Eden hopes the giant tree will spark conversation among visitors from different countries.

"During the summer, thousands of people will gather in London and visitors from across the globe will be stepping closer to one another," she told ThisIsNottingham.com. "Inspired by the idea of the space between strangers becoming smaller, we created the Baobab Tree as a unique meeting place for chance encounters sparking new conversations."

The sculpture was unveiled May 24 outside London's Southbank Centre and Eden hopes visitors and locals who see the giant fabric-covered tree "will recognise threads from their own cultures woven into this meeting place at the heart of a global gathering."

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