Illuminated oak trees in Tallinn part of Estonia centennial celebrations
Estonia declared its independence on February 24th, 1918. One hundred years later on February 24th, 2018, Estonia is celebrating its centenary, and the city decided to start with the centennial celebrations in 2017, featuring a series of events and experiences throughout the period, with extra-special events taking place in the week of 19th-25th February.
Now, what does this have to do with festive lighting? Well, it certainly sounds as if this is a festive occasion and that’s why the MK Illumination team in Estonia was chosen to illuminate the capital city, Tallinn, with a unique lighting concept featuring glittering oaks trees (Artificial Trees) placed in each of the city’s 8 districts.
The trees (Artificial Trees) are draped with warm white string lites that flash white, making them a feature in the dark nights. With branches coated in a golden powder and oak leaves formed from aluminum affixed to each branch, the trees are just as beautiful during the day when the lights are turned off.
The oak trees first made an appearance in November 2017. They will remain in place throughout the centennial celebrations and will be removed at the end of March 2018 as the evenings grow lighter. They will reappear in winter 2018 and again in 2019 as part of a three-year project.
The trees in numbers
The oak: a special place in Estonia culture
The oak tree holds a special place in Estonian culture. The current coat of arms of Estonia features oak branches along the side of the shield, with the oak leaves symbolizing the perseverance and strength of the country and the evergreen traditions of freedom.
Historically, the oak has been important for a variety of other reasons in Estonia, too. Mixed forests with oak have given the country its most fertile humus soil, many Estonians consider the oak to be a sacred tree, and in ancient times, the people of Estonia planted oaks in their holy places and used oaks as part of celebrations of the god, Taara.
Happy birthday, Estonia!
Here’s the next 100 years!