Coastal Connecticut town’s lobster tree turns into a puzzle

The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce is offering unique 1,000 piece puzzles depicting the Nautical Vacation Tree for purchase.

STONINGTON, Conn. – The popular Lobster Trap Tree in Stonington now has its own series of puzzles.

The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce is offering unique 1,000 piece puzzles depicting the Nautical Vacation Tree for purchase.

The first puzzle was painted in watercolor by artist Susan Scala, who sold all 1,000 puzzles in just three and a half days earlier this month. A second edition of the watercolor puzzle is now up for pre-order for $25, not including credit card processing fees.

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There is also a nighttime version of the puzzle; a photograph that shows the bright lights against the night sky. It is also available online for $25.

The actual Lobster Trap Tree, which measures 24½ feet, is still on display at 1 High Street until the end of January. Once the exhibit is dismantled, some of the buoys painted by local artists will be auctioned from February 4.

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The Lobster Trap Tree was assembled in time for the 2021 holiday season and has been a popular spot for photos. There are 378 lobster traps, 360 buoys, and 816 lights that make up the tree, and 2,100 zip ties hold it all together, according to the official Lobster Trap Tree website.

The mahogany door leaves an opening for people to enter and stand inside the tree.

The firless tree also gained international attention this past festive season, as it made the BBC’s list of “Amazing Christmas Trees Around the World”.

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Proceeds from the puzzles and buoy auction will help improve the tree for the upcoming holiday season, OCCC President Lisa Konicki told FOX61 in an email. Improvements include getting new lights for the interior, illuminating the panel on the door, and adding three more levels of traps. Scala will also receive a percentage of puzzle sales since the OCCC commissioned his art.

For more information and to see the artists featured for their painted buoys, visit the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree Facebook page.

Leah Myers is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected]

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