Tree of Hope at the Connaught

From a distance, the tree at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair looks like a traditional Christmas tree.   But look closely at this image of the tree, with Farm Street Church in the background.  Nobody dresses a tree with scissors.   So what’s this all about?

Farm Street church and Connaught Christmas tree

The decorations have been designed by British artist Damien Hirst, who said:

“The Christmas tree is a symbol of togetherness, a joyful symbol of hope and love.  For the decorations, I wanted to reference some of the amazing things that give us hope in the world today.”

So the scissors turn out to be medical instruments, and the other decorations are medicines.

Ocomeall ye Faithful

This tree has two messages of hope – the power of science and medicine, and the traditional Christian message of God’s love at Christmas.  I’ve no idea if the artist has faith in both, or if he is suggesting that we place our hope in science instead of religion.  I was just happy to receive a dose of both positive messages.

Hirst D25JC

This medicine bottle quotes from a Christian hymn of celebration traditionally sung at Christmas:  “Ding, dong, merrily on high, in heaven the bells are ringing”.

Dingdong Merrily

The pill bottle gives detailed instructions from another hymn: “O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, o come ye, o come ye, to Bethlehem.   Come and behold him, born the king of angels.   O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.”

Ocomeall ye Faithful words

The tree is right outside the Connaught Hotel – here is their website.

Click here for the website for the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street.

And here is a link to Damien Hirst’s website.




9 Comments Add yours

  1. adspark says:

    How clever and interesting! Certainly will grab attention for the church (says the former marketing exec).

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ha haaaaa! And I’m loving the seasonal hat, btw 🙂


  3. The decoration is really great 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      It’s certainly something different- more imagination and art than the average Christmas decoration.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Kim in Fiji says:

    Delightful! I love the prescriptions!. Have a cousin who is CRAZY over Christmas – so must share on Facebook and tag her. Hug hug


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      This raises the bar for Christmas decorations, doesn’t it?


    2. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Is your cousin on Twitter? If she follows me @distantdrumlin, then she’ll see a tweet every time I post another Christmas image.


  5. That is so creative! Loved reading all about this tree and seeing it! 🙂


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