Tate Christmas Tree’s

Since 1988 The Tate has commissioned a contemporary artist to design its Christmas Tree.  From 1991 the commissioned artist has also created the Director’s Christmas Card. 

This year’s Artist Giorgio Sadotti created a nine-metre Norwegian spruce without a single bauble, light, fairy or piece of tinsel. He said that his idea was to keep the tree as natural and forest-like as possible. 

“In a way, I strive to make my work look simple.  If someone says, ‘Your work’s a bit easy,’ then for me that’s the perfect compliment.  I want something to look like it was no effort because I loss interest if something looks like it has taken a lot of work to accomplish the final outcome.”

Since 1988 The Tate has commissioned a contemporary artist to design its Christmas Tree.  From 1991 the commissioned artist has also created the Director’s Christmas Card. 

This year’s Artist Giorgio Sadotti created a nine-metre Norwegian spruce without a single bauble, light, fairy or piece of tinsel. He said that his idea was to keep the tree as natural and forest-like as possible. 

“In a way, I strive to make my work look simple.  If someone says, ‘Your work’s a bit easy,’ then for me that’s the perfect compliment.  I want something to look like it was no effort because I loss interest if something looks like it has taken a lot of work to accomplish the final outcome.

There has been many different trees over the years form rats eating mince pies, blackbirds, a bin full of Christmas debris, an upside down tree and the year that Tracey Emin was commissioned there wasn’t even a tree as she gave it away to charity. 

1993 by Shirazeh Houshiary

2008 by Bob & Roberta Smith

2001 by Yinka Shonibare

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  1. […] 12 Days of Christmas – Day 11 « Leah Batchelor This year's Artist Giorgio Sadotti created a nine-metre Norwegian spruce without a single bauble, light, fairy or piece of tinsel. He said that his idea was to keep the tree as natural and forest-like as possible. […]

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