The world-renowned Aluminum Tree & Aesthetically Challenged Seasonal Ornament Museum and Research Center (ATOM) will be on exhibit again at the Transylvania Heritage Museum. ATOM features many examples of the ultimate sustainable Christmas trees that were chic in the 1950s. ATOM has been featured in Southern Living, Money magazine, the New York Times, and on National Public Radio and the BBC.
ATOM got its start in 1991, when a friend jokingly gave Steven Jackson, local home designer, a tattered aluminum Christmas tree pilfered from a garbage heap. Remembering the silver tree in his childhood home, Jackson threw a party and invited guests to bring the “most aesthetically challenged” ornaments they could find. The gathering was a big hit. A few years later, someone gave Jackson a second tree unearthed at a yard sale, and, by 1998, Jackson owned seven. “It was just too many trees to fit in my house,” he said. Over the years, ATOM has snowballed as friends nabbed more trees from flea markets and dusty attics. The current exhibit features more than two-dozen trees.
In a region where people are adamant about protecting nature, ATOM strives to preserve the legacy of the distant cousin of our forest trees, the Aluminum Christmas Tree.
ATOM will be on view at the museum from Saturday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Dec. 22, Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 11-3 p.m.
The museum is located at the second driveway past the post office on Brevard’s Main Street.
For more information, call Pat Childress at (828) 884-7330