The story of the magical chandelier tree of Silver Lake

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been updated with the most recent information.


The chandelier tree of Silver Lake might just be worth all the stupid twee drama that comes out of that neighborhood. It’s truly charming, the neighbors enjoy it, and it isn’t forced—could anyone but an arty contractor and his aerialist roommate have come up with the idea and put it together?

Now Silver Lake filmmaker Colin Kennedy tells the six-year tale of the tree in a new short video (via Eastsider LA). The story goes that creator Adam Tenenbaum (the contractor) came home from a set-building job with three spare chandeliers one day, then realized they’d look perfect hung in his tree at West Silver Lake and Shadowlawn, then realized they had to be lit. Since then, he’s acquired and strung dozens more chandeliers with the help of his acrobat roommate (neighbors donate to the electric bill via a repurposed parking meter).

Tenenbaum says he wants the tree to feel “full and unique, but not overbearing and gaudy.”

Chandelier Tree from Colin Kennedy on Vimeo.

W. Silver Lake Dr. & Shadowlawn Ave., Los Angeles, CA

W. Silver Lake Dr. & Shadowlawn Ave., Los Angeles, CA

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