What to see: Tate Britain’s ‘Home for Christmas’ by Alan Kane

The show-stopping assortment of Christmas lights will adorn the front of Tate Britain until 6 January

Photographs ©Tate (Joe Humphrys)

Alan Kane’s Home for Christmas installation has transformed the iconic façade of Tate Britain with a selection of off-the-shelf Christmas lights, just like those that embellish homes up and down the country during the festive season.

The spectacular display includes a selection of LED Santas, reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees, along with ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Santa Stop Here’ signs. Illuminating the neo-classical, Victorian frontage of the building, which was designed by the architect Sidney RJ Smith 120 years ago, the lights take centre stage at Tate Britain this year, marking a departure from the gallery’s traditional artist-designed Christmas tree.

Alan Kane’s previous works include a six-foot walking mechanical elephant and a series of televised life-drawing classes led by famous artists and art theorists.

‘Home For Christmas’: The Tate Britain Christmas Commission 2017 runs until 6 January 2018, with the lights switched on daily between 5am and midnight. For more information, visit Tate’s website or follow @Tate (#tatelights).

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