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Here’s a First Look at the Tate Britain’s Upside-Down Christmas Tree

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John Stillwell—PA Wire/PA Images The Tate Britain Christmas tree on December 1, 2016.

Even art can get in the holiday spirit

The Tate Britain art museum in London has taken its holiday decor to the next level by flipping its Christmas tree upside-down and hanging it from the ceiling.

The Tate unveiled the Christmas tree Thursday in its newly reopened entrance rotunda. Iranian artist Shirazeh Houshiary created the piece, which features gold-plated roots at the top, highlighting a part of the tree that’s usually chopped off before the Christmas season.

“I would like us to contemplate that the pine tree is one of the oldest species and recognize the roots are the source of its continued stability, nourishment and longevity,” Houshiary said in a press release.

The Tate Britain started commissioning a different Christmas tree every year in 1988, but took the past few years off after starting renovations in 2013.

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