London's strangest festive trees #1

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This is the first of two parts about the erstwhile, bygone, Christmas!
Part 1) Damien Hirst’s tree in Mayfair

Hirst Xmas Tree controversy in West End Extra 11 Dec 2015

Hirst Xmas Tree controversy in West End Extra 11 Dec 2015


The Damien Hirst Xmas Tree, Mount Row, Mayfair

The Damien Hirst Xmas Tree, Mount Row, Mayfair


A novel 30ft tall xmas tree has sprouted up in Central London and stirred controversy.
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Instead of baubles and candles, its got medicine jars, syringes, razor-sharp blades and strings of sausages, giving an alternative xmas message!

The Connaught Hotel, who commissioned the tree says it “has been dressed with over 300 decorations, including a series of festively reimagined medical instruments, snowmen formed of giant pills, as well as traditional white doves – a symbol of hope, beauty and fragility –  and garlands of pink sausages, playfully reflecting the idea of Christmas being a time of plenty.” (Source: Connaught website)

Hirst himself says of the tree: It is “a celebration of togetherness, a joyful symbol of hope and love. For the decorations, I wanted to reference some of the amazing things that give us hope in the world today.” (Source: Daily Beast)
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One news source calls the tree ‘drugged’ whilst another claims it is a ‘christmas drugs nightmare.’
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Conversely Harper’s Bazaar took the opposite route and declared Hirst’s tree one of the ‘best christmas trees of 2015.’ 🙂
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I personally think it is a very good tree. Anything that de-traditionalises the generic image of a xmas tree has to be excellent! 🙂
Not only that it is/it was sited next to the unusual water feature in Mount Street, which expels a thick cloud of steam every 15 minutes.

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