A different kind of festive tree – Kalpataru at the V&A

V&A Christmas treeWith 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.

V&A Christmas Tree Installation 2015 Sarthak and Sahil

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.

V&A Christmas Tree Installation 2015 Sarthak and Sahil

It’s a celebration of hope, prosperity and ecology, and also of illumination in its literal sense.

V&A Christmas Tree Installation 2015 Sarthak and Sahil

The framework is made from handcrafted beaten brass.

V&A Christmas Tree Installation 2015 Sarthak and Sahil

The paintings, using traditional motifs, are by artists from the southern Indian state of Kerala.

V&A Christmas Tree Installation 2015 Sarthak and Sahil

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.

V&A Christmas Tree Installation 2015 Sarthak and Sahil

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).

V&A Christmas Tree Installation 2015 Sarthak and Sahil

6 thoughts on “A different kind of festive tree – Kalpataru at the V&A

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s