Kalpataru: The Wishing Tree by Sarthak and Sahil © Victoria and Albert Museum
It’s Christmas time…. which means that striking works of art on the festive theme are slowly being rolled out. We’re keen on this festive light installation which was unveiled yesterday (10 November) in the Grand Entrance of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The eye-popping piece, Kalpataru: The Wishing Tree, was created by the Delhi-based designers Sarthak and Sahil as part of the V&A India Festival. “Named after a wish-fulfilling divine tree in Hindu mythology, the installation celebrates the concepts and customs associated with the ancient Hindu festival of Diwali, or ‘the festival of lights’,” says a press statement. The different components of the tree have been decorated by artists from the southern Indian state of Kerala. Sarthak and Sahil say that the metaphorical tree embodies “the spirit of both Diwali and Christmas celebrations which everyone can enjoy” (hurrah).