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The King’s Cross Melting Ice Cube Christmas Tree

King’s Cross Granary Square boasts one of the most artistic Christmas trees in London this season so far.

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King’s Cross Granary Square boasts one of the most artistic Christmas trees in London this season so far. It’s a seven-metre Christmas tree, created by British artist Alex Chinneck, encased in a resin cube that appears to be melting into the Square’s fountains. Fighting Fire with Ice Cream is the name of this unorthodox Christmas tree that stands at 5m tall, right outside UAL Central Saint Martin’s (CMS), where it will be on display until 6th January 2017.

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Alex Chinneck is a young British sculptor who graduated from Chelsea College of Arts. He’s well known for his ambitious sculptural interventions uniting art, architecture, engineering, construction and place-making. Most of his works feature in London. One of his most recent being Take my Lightning but Don’t Steal my Thunder, a building in Covent Garden where the artist designed an optical illusion to appear as if it floated in the air.

For Granary Square’s Christmas tree, Chinneck used two tonnes of resin to create what seems to be an ice cube as tall as a two-storey house, while the melting effect was achieved with 550 pounds of clear wax, with 1,200 lights completing the sculpture.

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It competes with another Christmas artwork in London this season, namely the 17.5 m Christmas tree at The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, designed by Sir Antony Gormley, who transformed the trunk of the tree ‘into a radiant centre against which the branches would become illuminated and silhouetted’, as he declared.

London is definitely the place to find the most alternative art creations along with the most rooted traditions. What a city!

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