London Has Some Seriously Alternative Christmas Trees for 2016
While the window displays at Harrods and Fortnum & Mason naturally get all the attention, London has been throwing up some seriously unusual Christmas tree decorations this year. From a tree trapped in ice, to a hanging upside-down tree, to an immersive festive forest, London has it all this year when it comes to alternative Christmas tree collections.
Christmas Tree in Ice at Central St Martins’
Head to Central St Martins’ King’s Cross way and the first thing you’ll slap your eyes on is a 5m tall Christmas tree encased in a giant block of ice. The installation comes from British artist Alex Chinneck, with the tree located between the colourful fountains outside Central Saint Martins’ Granary Square campus.
To create the piece, Chinneck trapped the gigantic Christmas tree inside a 2 tonne block of resin, which has been carved to look like an ice cube. There’s also a surrounding ‘puddle’ around the block, which has been made to appear as if it’s melting into the fountain, that’s actually made from 250kgs of wax. The installation is lit up at night with 1,200 LEDs giving the tree some festive glow.
Christmas Forest Installation at Claridge’s
Elsewhere in London, luxury hotel Claridge’s is offering guests an immersive festive ‘experience’ in their lobby. Created by Chief Design Officer at Apple, Jonathan Ive, and industrial designer Marc Newson, the Christmas tree forest has been installed to offer visitors to Mayfair a ‘magical experience.’
The entrance of Claridge’s has been lined with 4m-high light boxes which glow with photographs of snow-covered silver birch trees. Real silver birch trees have then been placed in front of the backdrop, while larger green pine trees stand in the foreground. There’s also some artificial snow thrown in for good measure!
Hanging Upside-Down Christmas Tree at Tate Britain
The final addition to London’s alternative Christmas tree collection comes from Tate Britain is the form of a hanging upside-down Christmas tree, a reimagining of a similar piece created by artist Shirazeh Houshiary for Tate over 20 years ago.
Found in the gallery’s Millbank building, the work is said to focus on the pine tree’s natural texture, colour, smell and shape, while also smartening things up a little by showing off its roots in gold leaf.
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