By Maev Kennedy
Artist Alex Kane has been given facade to take competitive Christmas decorating to another level in homage to suburbia
When reindeer start flashing and galloping across suburbia it can provoke bouts of furious competitive lighting. It remains to be seen whether MI6, just across the Thames in London, will break out in a blizzard of snowflakes and sleigh bells once the spooks see what Tate Britain has done.
The artist behind the Tate's seasonal special, Alan Kane, has previously worked – often with Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller – on a diverse range of projects, including a tea urn with art lovers invited to help themselves to a cuppa as well as an entire art exhibition carried through the streets of Norwich on farm carts pulled by shire horses. Kane has been let loose on the rather grim classical facade of the museum to create a Christmas installation.