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Iconic London landmark gets Christmas makeover – Apple is behind it but can you spot why?

ONE of London’s most iconic landmarks has been given a stunning Christmas makeover – with a big tech secret.

The instantly recognizable washtowers on London’s Battersea Power Station have been transformed into giant Christmas trees.


The projections will appear every evening until Christmas DayCredit: Apple
The design was created using an Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro


The design was created using an Apple Pencil on the iPad ProCredit: Apple

These trees were designed by world-famous artist David Hockney, to be projected onto the building’s north face each day.

And he designed them as an animation using an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro, rather than real paints and brushes.

That’s because the Battersea Power Station is home to Apple’s new UK headquarters

“Battersea Power Station is such a beautiful building, I wanted to decorate it in a way that I hoped would bring joy and hope to Londoners,” said Hockney.

The two washtowers will be lit up each day with Hockney’s 10-minute animation.

They were first “switched on” using giant projectors at 5pm on Friday, December 1.

And they’ll be available to see between 5pm and 10.30pm right up until Christmas day.

The 330ft chimneys tower over the River Thames, and will be visible to millions of people visiting or living in London over the holidays.

“David is one of the world’s most important and influential artists, and we couldn’t be more excited to see his latest creation lighting up Battersea Power Station,” Apple’s marketing SVP Greg Joswiak said.

“It is a privilege for us that he chooses iPad for his work, and to create this beautiful Christmas gift for the people of London.”

Apple officially opened its new UK headquarters earlier this year – with an Apple Store on-site too.

It runs on 100% renewable energy, and spans an enormous 500,000 square feet.

Apple Pencil Power!

The Apple Pencil launched all the way back in September 2015 – and went on sale two months later.

It’s a wireless stylus that you can use with the iPad, and is meant for drawing, taking notes, or just browsing your device.

Artists all around the world now use it to quickly and cheaply create designs.

A new version of the Apple Pencil came out in October this year, featuring a new hidden USB-C port that is only revealed by sliding up the cap.

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