A poignant art installation in the heart of Sydney is helping support bushfire victims ahead of a very challenging Christmas.

Created from materials collected in fire-ravaged NSW, it is constructed from branches, a scorched bicycle, a ruined fire alarm and other debris left behind by the deadly fires.

Artist James Dive crafted the confronting piece of artwork, which is surrounded by brightly-coloured gifts and tap-and-go EFTPOS stations which allow donations to the Australian Red Cross.

The tree symbolises both the shadow that bushfires have cast over the holiday season, and the reminder that our communities will rise, rebuild, and recover.

City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore says, “This tree will serve as a poignant reminder of the devastating impact of the bushfires, and encourages passers-by to reflect and give generously to support the Red Cross’ important work.”

Annie Harvey, Acting Director NSW & ACT Australian Red Cross says, “Red Cross teams have been working around the clock responding to this devastating bushfire crisis since September.

“Our trained volunteers have been a friendly and reassuring source of support for local people, helping them locate their loved ones or connecting them to vital services. And we will continue to be there for the long haul, for as long as it takes for them to get back on their feet again.”

Volunteer Md Juman Hussan said, “It’s really nice experience to fund raise for the people who affected by bushfire. I  feel proud as a part of it. Thanks Australian red Cross for arranging such program.

Source: 9 news