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December 4th 2017

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Corelli College’s Christmas tree design is one of ten Christmas trees to be chosen and then displayed at RHS Garden Wisley.

This year's theme is based on the poem A Visit from St Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore. This classic poem, often referred to as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', has inspired many adaptations and is a firm Christmas favourite. 

Corelli's Art Council was truly inspired by the imagery within the poem. They designed and made all the beautiful decorations and we are very proud of their work.  

The father ‘flew like a flash’, St Nicholas is ‘more rapid than eagles’ and ‘away they all flew like the down of a thistle’.  Motion, speed, movement and light inspired Corelli’s Arts Council to make drawing with light photographs, using their bodies, glow sticks and fairy lights in the studio. ‘And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath’.

We discussed how books are frequently used as decoration in our homes and make a house feel like a home.  The poem features throughout our artworks all made from paper. They weave ideas and shapes just like the poet does.  The carousel book acts as a stage to combine both artwork and photographs and the windows frames the image as if a portal to another world.   The window is the device that the father first sees the ‘lively and quick’ breath-taking movement of St Nicholas.  Silhouettes demonstrate illusion and the shift between dark and light. Birds and feathers represent lightness and movement and an alternative perspective reimagining the world as seen from above.

Corelli’s tree will be on display in the glasshouse from Thursday 7th December. 

www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

Written by S Slocombe

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