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The Connaught Christmas Tree, designed by acclaimed British sculptor Antony Gormley, was unveiled outside the hotel on November 24, 2016.
The magnificent Western Red Cedar tree sourced from Shropshire stood 17.5m tall on Carlos Place. Its trunk was transformed into a tapering column of brilliant light across which danced its branches and foliage.
Commenting on the tree, Gormley said, “It was a joy to collaborate with Zumtobel and their brilliant team of lighting innovators on this project. I thought that rather than decorating the outside of the Christmas tree it would be fun to light its core, the trunk, transforming it into a radiant centre against which the branches would become illuminated and silhouetted. I want the tree to celebrate life and all its myriad forms. At this, the darkest time of the year and at a moment of global dysfunction, I hope this magnificent tree conveys a feeling of continuance and vitality.”
The arrival of the tree marked the start of the festive season on Mount Street in Mayfair. This historical neighbourhood has long-established itself as the epicentre of the contemporary art scene in London, so a Christmas tree by one of Britain’s most significant living artists was particularly at home here.
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