Patrick Chirico looks to turn downtown Watertown windows into a Winter Wonderland

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WATERTOWN — Patrick “Monkey” Chirico and his “Winter Windows” have made their return to downtown Watertown.

Mr. Chirico began the project last year in what he calls an “out of the back pocket, last minute idea” that he had with his friend, Devin Gillon, who is also a part of North Country Creative because he felt that the Square “just was like not a fun place.”

“Even at the bare minimum, just light up every window and then people feel excited, and more of this sense of safety and sort of community when you light up all the windows.” Mr. Chirico said.

After having a meeting with Neighbors of Watertown, he and his friends decided to decorate some of the windows downtown.

Last year, Mr. Chirico decided to just focus on one thing: zoetrope Christmas Trees.

The zoetrope Christmas Tree is a tree Mr. Chirico invented, what he calls a “cylinder stand-up zoetrope” that stands on a record player. He does this by putting an animation on the inside, and no device is needed to see the animation moving.

Mr. Chirico came up with the idea to make an eight-sided Christmas tree that when spinning, appears to look like it is talking. In addition to the talking Christmas tree, Mr. Chirico also had the idea of making talking snowflakes.

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