Artist leaves Tate tree bare

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LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The artist behind this year's Christmas tree at the Tate Britain gallery in London said he left the tree bare to show how it is "naturally beautiful."

Artist Giorgio Sadotti said he decided to leave the Norwegian spruce undecorated, save for mirrored silver cards promoting a Jan. 6 concert at its base, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.


"I am showing what I believe to be a naturally beautiful object," Sadotti said. "When you see a tree in the forest you don't think 'that tree's naked, it needs a bit of tinsel.'"

"I want people to question the way objects are transformed by being moved from one context to another," he said. "And I am hoping that all of the Christmases of the past will be brought to mind through the power of imagination."

The Tate has hired artists to decorate its trees since 1988.

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