You would not expect an international design museum to have a traditional pine Christmas tree with gold and red baubles, would you? Every year, the Victoria and Albert Museum commissions a contemporary designer for the Christmas tree in its main entrance. Previous designers have included Jaspar Conran and Helen and Colin David. This year Gareth Pugh created ‘Ceremony’ a contemporary tree of nine tiered and mirrored pyramids around a internal tree of light to represent an “abstract nativity”. The mirrored pyramids are intended to suggest communities coming together for the festive season, looking in and reflecting out.
“The V&A is a true British icon and a guardian of our cultural heritage. It was an honour to be invited to take part in its festive celebrations. I hope our installation might provide a moment of reflection for those who visit over the next month, and perhaps even contribute a little to the magic of the season.” (Gareth Pugh)