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London lights up for Christmas

As Christmas tree season begins, we look at some of the most artistic decorations to be found in the capital

Home for Christmas With his decorations for the front of The Tate’s Millbank home, the Canadian artist Alan Kane intends to highlight the divide between art as an academic convention and a more common creative act. With candy canes, Christmas pudding, antlers for the lion and horse monuments sitting on the roof, snowflakes and illuminating pillars, Kane shows that Christmas decorations for your house can also work on one of the capital’s leading art galleries.

With his decorations for the front of The Tate Britain, the Canadian artist Alan Kane intends to highlight the divide in art. The decorations, called Home For Christmas, show art as an academic convention and a more common creative act in his installation, showing until 6 January 2018. With candy canes, Christmas pudding, antlers for the lion and horse monuments sitting on the roof, snowflakes and illuminating pillars, Kane shows that Christmas decorations for your house can also work on one of the capital’s leading art galleries.

The Connaught Hotel’s Christmas Tree has been designed by YBA Tracey Emin this year. The 30-foot Norway Spruce tree features a poem that she wrote, spelt out in a selection of fluorescent lights or “Connaught purple” as Emin describes them. It is topped by a glowing angel as a tribute to her mother Pam.

The Connaught Hotel’s Christmas Tree has been designed by YBA Tracey Emin this year. The 30-foot Norway Spruce tree features a poem that she wrote, spelt out in a selection of fluorescent lights or “Connaught purple” as Emin describes them. It is topped by a glowing angel as a tribute to her mother Pam.

Claridge’s is another Mayfair hotel accompanied by a unique Christmas tree. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfield’s design, which was unveiled in late November, features an inverted tree with a silver theme across its roots, lametta decorations and decorative feathers. Snowflakes over the tree and sheepskin rugs at the bottom represent a white Christmas.

Claridge’s is another Mayfair hotel accompanied by a unique Christmas tree. Fashion designer Karl Lagerfield’s design, which was unveiled in late November, features an inverted tree with a silver theme across its roots, lametta decorations and decorative feathers. Snowflakes over the tree and sheepskin rugs at the bottom represent a white Christmas.

London’s Ace Hotel will have a video projection as its tree this year, in the form of Evergreen: The Lobby Christmas Tree. The vision of Icelandic photographer and film-maker Sebastian Ziegler and Modern Design Review magazine, the work focuses on bringing the natural beauty of a Norwegian Spruce Tree into the hotel lobby. To complement the projection, the hotel has a pine, crab apple and fern scent and even a menu inspired by it, with pine-infused gin sour and mince pine topped with pine flavoured meringue.

London’s Ace Hotel will have a video projection as its tree this year, in the form of Evergreen: The Lobby Christmas Tree. The vision of Icelandic photographer and film-maker Sebastian Ziegler and Modern Design Review magazine, the work focuses on bringing the natural beauty of a Norwegian Spruce Tree into the hotel lobby. To complement the projection, the hotel has a pine, crab apple and fern scent and even a menu inspired by it, with pine-infused gin sour and mince pine topped with pine flavoured meringue.

Located in the Cromwell Road entrance of the Victoria and Albert museum, this tree incorporates a thousand planks of birch plywood and threaded together to make a tree shape. The artist invites members of the public to suggest words that are randomly projected onto the planks of wood through algorithms.

Located in the Cromwell Road entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Singing Tree incorporates a thousand planks of birch plywood and threaded together to make a tree shape. The artist invites members of the public to suggest words that are randomly projected onto the planks of wood through algorithms.