DECK THE HALLS: London’s Victoria & Albert museum has tapped Gareth Pugh to design this year’s Christmas installation for the museum’s grand entrance. Called “Ceremony,” it stands more than 13 feet high, and resembles a traditional Christmas evergreen — to a certain extent.
Instead of green boughs, however, there are tiered pyramids clad in gold and gathered around a central beacon of light. The structure is meant to represent an “abstract nativity,” according to the museum, which is to unveil the installation Tuesday.
The arrangement of the mirrored pyramids is also meant to suggest a gathering, and the notion of community at the heart of the festive season, the museum said. Wood, fabric, acrylic and LED lights are among materials employed.
“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,” said Pugh, whose designs are currently on display as part of the V&A’s “Wedding Dresses 1775–2014” exhibition.
Previous V&A Christmas trees have been designed by the likes of Matthew Williamson, Jasper Conran, and Boudicca. Pugh’s installation is to remain on display until Jan. 6.