Enlighting the heart of the Christmas Tree

The Connaught hotel, London | UK

The Connaught Christmas Tree of the legendary London's Mayfair hotel has been designed by the British sculptor Antony Gormley. Unveiled on 24th November 2016 outside The Connaught, it marks the start of the festive season on Mount Street in Mayfair. The  trunk of the Western Red Cedar tree has been transformed into a tapering column of brilliant light.

The Connaught Christmas Tree 2016 designed by Antony Gormley was unveiled on 24th November 2016 in Mayfair, London. © Zumtobel

Commenting on the tree, the wide acclaimed British artist 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."

Mayfair has long-since established itself as the epicentre of the contemporary art scene in London, playing host to some of the most prestigious international galleries. Therefore, it is particularly fitting that The Connaught has invited one of Britain’s most significant living artists to create their Christmas tree this year, in the heart of this historical neighbourhood.