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Steel blackbirds adorn Tate tree
Artist Gary Hume decorated Tate Britain's tree with steel blackbirds

A Christmas tree decorated with a flock of painted steel blackbirds has been unveiled at Tate Britain art gallery.

It was designed by artist Gary Hume, who won the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1997. He chose blackbirds as they remain in the UK throughout winter.

Hume is the 18th artist to decorate the London gallery tree, following artists such as Tracey Emin and Julian Opie.

Last year sculptor Richard Wentworth designed a tree that could receive text messages from visitors.

Hospital doors

Hume is a graduate from Goldsmiths art college and came to prominence in the early 1990s with a series of life-sized paintings of hospital doors.

He has had solo exhibitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, London's Whitechapel Gallery and Fundacio La Caixa in Barcelona.

The tree will remain on display at the gallery throughout Christmas.

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