A project created by Michaela Klakurková, Marcela Straková and Jan Zaloudek in co-production with the New Stage, National Theatre (Prague, Czech Republic)

In January 2014 MAYK, in collaboration with Bristol City Council, took post-Christmas trees off the hands of Bristol residents and gave them a new lease of life as part of a temporary forest on Waterfront Square at Bristol’s harbourside. Over 300 trees were donated over the weekend.

Second Chance, Created by artists Michaela Klakurková and Jan Zaloudek under curatorship of Marcela Straková in co-production the New Stage of the Czech Republic National Theatre, is a powerful, gentle and simple gesture, making something beautiful out of something that ordinarily gets discarded without care.

The project launched on Monday 6 January 2014 with a performance by the appropriately named Czech band Please The Trees.

Produced in Bristol by MAYK in partnership with Bristol City Council and Czech Centre London. Supported by Kier Mg Ltd.

All images are courtesy of Paul Blakemore