London’s Battersea Power Station lights up for Christmas with giant ‘Drawn on iPad’ animation


London's Battersea Power Station transformed for Christmas with giant 'Drawn on iPad' animation
The "Bigger Christmas Trees" art installation lives up to its name.
Photo: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, home of London’s latest Apple retail store, is decorated for Christmas with an enormous moving art display projected on the front. Reasonably named “Bigger Christmas Trees,” it was created by artist David Hockney on an iPad.

The art installation will continue each evening until December 25.

‘Bigger Christmas Trees’ can surely be seen for miles

Battersea Power Station is huge and sits right on the bank of the Thames River in London. Despite the name, it’s now an upscale mall and mixed-used community. The colossal building is a prominent location for the animated Christmas display.

As Battersea said on its website:

“World-renowned artist David Hockney has sprinkled some Christmas magic over Battersea Power Station with a bespoke new piece of art! Drawn on iPad, Hockney’s 10-minute animation, ‘Bigger Christmas Trees’ will be here until the 25th December, transforming our iconic façade into two magical Christmas trees overlooking the River Thames.”

It’s a big enough deal that Apple CEO Tim Cook called attention to it on Monday. He posted via X (formerly Twitter).

“A huge thank you to the incomparable David Hockney for helping us get into the spirit of the season!” Cook wrote. “Your new artwork, Bigger Christmas Trees, created on iPad looks incredible on London’s Battersea Power Station. Happy holidays everyone!”

Hockney is “an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s … considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century,” according to Wikipedia. Hockney also quickly adopted the iPad as a medium for producing his artwork.

Battersea Power Station is iconic

Given the name, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Battersea Power Station burned coal to provide electricity to London during half of the 20th century. And it wasn’t subtle about it — it’s the largest brick structure in Europe and right on the Thames. But the plant was shut down in 1983, and these days houses upscale retail as well as restaurants, bars, offices (including some filled with Apple employees) and apartments.

The Apple Battersea retail store opened in June 2023 to cheering crowds.


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