With Christmas Day galloping towards us at a rate of knots, I thought I’d bring you a Christmas tree with a difference. It’s this year’s Christmas tree installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum and it’s quite literally a tree of light.
The tree was deigned by by Sahil Bagga and Sarthak Sengupta, who have a design studio in Delhi. Their installation represents the Kalpataru, a wish fulfilling tree of life in Indian mythology.
It’s a celebration of hope, prosperity and ecology, and also of illumination in its literal sense.
The framework is made from handcrafted beaten brass.
The paintings, using traditional motifs, are by artists from the southern Indian state of Kerala.
Just as we’ve developed the custom of decorating a tree for Christmas, it’s a common practice to decorate a tulsi, or holy basil, plant during traditional Diwali celebrations, and the installation is meant to reflect this custom.
Kalpataru is part of the V&A India Festival which includes the Fabric of India exhibition and the Al Thani collection of Indian jewellery. You can see it in the main entrance hall at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 12th night (6th January).