Tate Britain, home of British art, has unveiled a bare tree for Christmas this year. The Norwegian Spruce, designed by Giorgio Sadotti, is naked apart from a coiled bullwhip and a circle of silver postcards around its base. The whip will be used during a ceremony on Twelfth Night when the spirit of Christmas will be driven out of the London gallery.
In previous years, trees have been decorated with such ornaments as beeswax candles, tights, and model planes. Sadotti is known for an art practice that “celebrates the power of the nothing”. In not decorating the tree, the artist said he wanted people to recognise its “natural elegance” and think about the potential of the objects – of the tree held in time until its potential is fulfilled and of the whip waiting to be used.
“For me the challenge was to present a tree that was naturally effortless. A tree that managed to maintain its dignity and timeless grace. A tree that remained sublime. A tree that was familiar but strange, like all trees but no other. A tree that had potential to become another. A tree that talked. A tree as a tree as art.”
story & image: artdaily.org, m.guardian.co.uk