Paradise Tree

This photographic project shows an aspect of Christmas in the halls of Italian apartment buildings (condo). The condo hall is a place halfway between the public and the private that marks the transition of the people who live there from the intimacy of their house life to the outside world of the street. In the halls of the apartment buildings in main italian cities these crossing points assume an important value especially during the Christmas holidays, with the appearance of the traditional Christmas tree. Beyond the different religious beliefs, the Christmas tree in the condo hall is intended as a lifeblood while also assuming the role of a potential status symbol. The boasting of Christmas decorations very often is considered to indicate the attainment of a certain social status or level of wealth and power. The janitors of apartment buildings in prosperous cities and in specific wealthy neighbourhoods build their Christmas tree with great pride and creativity.