Tate Britain becomes its own Christmas tree

Each year Tate Britain on London’s Millbank invites an artist to create its Christmas tree. This year, Anne Hardy has decorated the museum’s whole facade.

She has turned the neo-classical entrance into a marooned temple, with tattered banners and tangled lights, and objects cascading down the front steps to the accompaniment of a soundscape of rain, thunder, bird song and insect noises.

Hardy, known for her large scale "field works”, has undertaken her most ambitious  project to date with her Taste commission, entitled The Death of Darkness, the Return of Light, inspired not so much by the Christmas story as pagan descriptions of the winter solstice, the darkest moment of the year, and the encroaching effects of climate change. She foresees a time when Millbank will return to the marshland it once was, if climate change is allowed to progress unchecked.

 “I’m very excited to see another transformation of Tate Britain’s iconic façade” said Tate Britain’s director, Alan Farquharson. “Anne Hardy has created something that is at once fantastically imaginative and urgently topical, reminding us not only of the changing seasons but also of the changing climate.”

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