Bah-humbug! Christmas tree replaced by ‘artsy’ cardboard, NJ mourns ‘tradition’

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it looks like an ode summer stingy mane —and this Jersey Shore city’s boardwalk Christmas tree is taking a lot hotter.

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This new Christmas tree in the Grand Arcade at the Asbury Park Convention Hall isn’t the usual freshly cut variety—but a revolving figurine that will be recycled as the 2021 holiday season draws to a close.

Locals are divided by a 17-foot cardboard cone called “The Giving Tree”, which was created by Jersey artists Bradley Hoffer and Mike Lovely, which goes by the name pork chop,

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“It Looks Like an Amazon Package,” Hoboken Resident Anthony Solimando told the Associated Press,

That comparison makes sense to local Amy McKay, who wants to send this version of the Yuletide staple packing.

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“Not a fan,” said McKay, “Asbury suits this artistic town, but tradition is tradition! It’s art, and I wouldn’t picture my child in front of this tree. Can’t we have our own traditional tree? ?”

Meanwhile, Wall, NJ, resident Zuzana Humeniuk lamented the lack of illumination in the center: “It’s creative, but not festive at all.”

However, Asbury Park resident Elizabeth Khimich approves of “The Giving Tree”, saying that the artistic display matches the city’s offbeat ethos, which was made famous by Bruce Springsteen, “I think it’s very creative,” she said. “It fits the Asbury vibe, which is different and unusual.”

The change from tradition came when the local art community approached the boardwalk’s owner, real estate firm Madison Marquette, about installing a Christmas tree sculpture.

“Because the Boardwalk is a focal point for Asbury Park’s thriving arts and music community, and because we have a long and very strong relationship with top-name local artists, when presented with the concept for the sculpture , so we embraced this idea completely,” said Austin Leopold of Madison Marquette, property manager for Boardwalk.

The traditional freshly cut Christmas tree in Asbury Park has been replaced with a cardboard figurine this year.
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The owners of Boardwalk tapped local artists, noting that there won’t be any new FIRs this year.

“I was told to come in and do something festive-ish,” Porkchop said. “I didn’t mean to snatch anyone’s Christmas tree. If you’re not going to give people the big tree they want, some of them are going to hate it. I understand that. But they weren’t going to get that traditional Christmas tree anyway.”

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