This is what happens when you ask an artist to design a holiday tree

At Toronto's Gardiner Museum, 12 artists are spruce-ing up the season with their takes on a certain famous tree.

At Toronto's Gardiner Museum, 12 artists are spruce-ing up the season

Take a tour of 12 imaginative holiday trees created by local artists at Toronto's Gardiner Museum. 1:24

Toronto's Gardiner Museum isn't afraid to think outside the box when it comes to the holidays. Each year the ceramic museum enlists 12 local artists to design holiday trees, and this year's crop of trees are far from your typical firs.

With artist Douglas Coupland and curator Ben Mills serving as co-curators, this year's theme was "let there be light" — and it's clear that the artists had some bright ideas for interpreting that theme. The trees range from digital to abstract, including a stack of cyanotype boxes lit from within and a 3D animation inspired by a classic holiday film.

Evan Biddell's tree. (CBC Arts)

In this video, we take you on a tour of the 12 trees that might have you pine-ing for a VR tree in your own living room.

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About the Author

Mercedes Grundy

Mercedes Grundy has been producing videos for CBC Arts and Exhibitionists since 2015. She is a unabashed Leonardo DiCaprio enthusiast with an educational background in photography, and produces film and theatre when not busy here at the CBC. And while her love for the arts does not discriminate, she openly acknowledges she is a horrible dancer.


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