Bathed in bright colourful lights, this year Connaught Hotel’s Christmas tree lights up the neighbourhood
It is majestic, playful and totally instagrammable, yet Connaught Hotel Christmas tree’s biggest surprise is the artist behind it – one of today’s most innovative, distinctive and influential conceptual artists: Sir Michael Craig-Martin.
Known for his vivid use of colour and playfulness with light, it was fitting that Craig-Martin took inspiration from the fairy lights that decorate Christmas trees up and down the country. 12,000 digital rainbow-hued lights circle The Connaught tree, running in an intricately placed single strand from the very top to its base, so every inch glows. As you stand and watch, the colours continually change, shifting seamlessly in a carefully choreographed pattern.
“It struck me that, however beautiful, most Christmas trees are static, unchanging. I wanted to make a tree that was dynamic”, notes Sir Michael Craig-Martin.
The Norwegian Spruce was sourced from Hertfordshire and selected for its perfect shape. Standing tall at 9 metres, the 45-year-old spruce makes a beautifully bold, eye-catching statement. Londoners and visitors arrive outside The Connaught to admire this ever changing, one-of-a-kind creation.
This is actually the fourth time The Connaught Hotel is collaborating with an artist for Christmas, with previews designers being Tracey Emin, Sir Anthony Gormley and Damien Hirst.