An art center devised a shrewd way to pay homage to artist Banksy for Christmas this year, by creating a “shredded” Christmas tree.
The display at Parkersburg Art Center in West Virginia is inspired by the anonymous English artist’s shredding of their piece Girl With Balloon after it was sold at auction this year.
A fan shared the piece on Reddit.
The tree was created by volunteers and “art-loving moms” Kelley Cartwright and Kasey Snyder, as part of the art center’s annual “Artist Tree Display.”
I made this fun Banksy inspired Christmas tree. 🤗
— Kasey Snyder (@kaseysnyder) November 25, 2018
Kasey told the Press Association:
“There are a variety of artist-inspired trees on display including Yayoi Kusama, Peter Max, Leon Zernitsky, Helen Frankenthaler and Banksy.”
A picture of the Banksy tree has gone viral on Reddit, with some of those commenting on it commending details such as the red bauble in the top right-hand corner which echoes the red balloon placement in Banksy’s piece.
Girl With Balloon was partially destroyed by a shredder built into its frame by Banksy after it was auctioned for £1.04 million ($1.33 million) at Sotheby’s in London in October.
User strangeloop527, who posted the picture to Reddit, said:
“I just love how many people don’t get it. It’s hilarious.”
Reddit user meltingintoice commented on the Banksy-inspired tree:
“I think this sort of thing is proof that the remnant of the ‘destroyed’ Banksy ‘painting’ (actually performance art) is now probably the most famous and thus the most valuable Banksy in existence.”
Another, Ripamaru, wrote:
“The attack on Christmas continues!!!”
The art center wrote in a Facebook post about its Artist Tree Display:
“Ever wonder how Klee, Calder or Picasso would have decorated their Christmas tree? We did!”
“Local artists and school groups come together each year to imagine what this classic holiday decor would have looked like in the hands of famous (or not so famous) artists.”
If you would like to keep up to date with Kasey and Kelley’s creations, check out Parkersburg Art Center’s Instagram…
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Come visit your local Parkersburg Art Center and see the world famous Banksy inspired tree until December 22nd! Featured on the Daily Mail, Irish Examiner, and The Laughing Squid! “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge” -Picasso #banksy #christmas #dailymail #dailymailuk #irishexaminer #laughingsquid #clutchmov #visitpkb #downtownpkb #artsbridge #partofhistory #supportart
…or visit its website.
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.