Christmas tree baubles filled with bodily fluids go on display

The baubles of the tree contain bodily fluids such as urine, blood and semen. (Reach)
The baubles of the tree contain bodily fluids such as urine, blood and semen. (Reach)

A Christmas tree featuring baubles filled with bodily fluids has gone on display.

Containing urine, blood and semen, the baubles are hanging from a rather unusual tree in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Other "gross" baubles include Marmite, pork mince, wine and cream for treating haemorrhoids.

The tree is on display in the window of the Turntable Gallery, and the artists behind it hope it will make passers-by have "a bit of a giggle".

Dale Wells and Darren Neave, who run the gallery, had already subverted Christmas traditions by putting up their decorations in July.

Dale Wells, from the Turntable Gallery in Grimsby, poses with the bodily fluids Christmas tree. (Reach)
Dale Wells, from the Turntable Gallery in Grimsby, poses with the bodily fluids Christmas tree. (Reach)

But their latest stunt, which began on Saturday, is their weirdest yet.

"We've had a Christmas show prior to this, in the summer, so it's our second Christmas window of the year and we felt we had to push the boat out a bit," Wells said.

"Those hollow plastic baubles that you see cropping up everywhere that people fill with glitter and that kind of thing – they scream for something to be done with them.

"What we decided to do is think of something a bit grosser that we could fill them with. There's a layer of blood in one.

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"But then we thought, there's something that can be done with this, so we've come up with recipes, almost, and there's another one with urine, wine, glitter and food colouring, and then there's one with semen.

"We've got one with Anusol [haemorrhoids cream], aniseed and glitter, and one with the contents of the top shelf of our local magazine shop."

This isn't the first time the artists have used bodily fluids for a Christmas exhibition.

Their July show, called Winter Wonderlandfill, featured bottles of urine among bins of plastic toys, in a comment on consumer culture and the conditions faced by delivery drivers.

This time round, Wells said they wanted to "have a bit of fun" and "go a bit crazy".

The Christmas tree has been a talking point in Grimsby since it was put on display. (Reach)
The Christmas tree has been a talking point in Grimsby since it was put on display. (Reach)

Members of the public are being encouraged to make their own bauble for the tree.

Wells said they hoped to "build up a bit of a community" around the Christmas tree, with people asked to bring in their own artsy, creative or gross baubles.

"I think it'd be quite nice," he said. "If anybody wanted to make their own baubles for us, we can hang them on the tree. The more the merrier. There's no limits to what people can put in the baubles – you've seen what we've put in them."

He added: "I think people do realise what's in the baubles when they look. We've had a lot of people laughing, which is what we wanted.

"It's a bit dull and dismal at the moment and with all the other things that people are having to worry about, it's nice to walk down the high street and have a bit of a giggle."

Wells told Yahoo News UK: "Everyone we’ve spoken to, everyone who’s looked in, has been really responsive to it.

"Grimsby is such a good-humoured town and the people are wonderful. We’ve had everything from howls of laughter to exclamations of bafflement."

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