TateShots interviews Tacita Dean about her design for 2009's Tate Britain Christmas Tree.



Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean has created this year’s Tate Britain Christmas Tree. This modest looking tree, domestically scaled and adorned with candles, projects a simple beauty that was inspired by the artist’s experience of Christmas in Germany. At 4pm each day in the run up to Christmas, the beeswax candles are lit and left to burn until the gallery doors are shut. In this film Tacita reflects on her design and we also meet Michael Marchant, the Wax Chandler who made the candles.