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Tate Britain's Christmas Tree is Upside Down for a Special Reason

Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary explains the topsy-turvy positioning of the tree.


Another day, another interesting twist on the classic Christmas tree. This time it comes from across the Atlantic and it will turn your understanding of what a Christmas tree should look like upside down... quite literally. Tate Britain of London unveiled its holiday tree and it's suspended from the glass ceiling of its newly renovated Rotunda entrance.


According to a statement by Tate, "the tree's placement in the new space will offer the viewer an altered perspective from three levels of the gallery; the tip of the tree from the lower floor, the floating body from the ground, and the glittering roots opening out in an abstract star formation when viewed from the upper floor."



Christmas has come early to Tate Britain as @englishnationalopera fill the gallery with singing

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The tree is actually a work of art by Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary and instead of ornaments has exposed roots covered in gold leaf. This year's tree is actually a new interpretation by the artist of another tree she created for Tate in 1993. "I would like us to contemplate that the pine tree is one of the oldest species and recognise the roots are the source of its continued stability, nourishment and longevity," Houshiary explained in a statement the unusual position of the Christmas tree. This one is definitely worth a visit to London.


Want to make your own artistic take on a Christmas tree? In this video, watch how to make a shimmery silver fringe version: