I've allowed a passing of time to see if my opinion changed but the thing still looks like a wooden phallic symbol sticking out of the ground to me and ridiculously out of place against the Tibetan Peace Garden and the overall theme of the Museum grounds. I appreciate they tried to save a diseased tree but to me it's just plain ugly and has not worked.
jinkazama, I have had another look and at the bottom where the ribbon is being cut and it reminds me of a mother and baby where the figures intertwine, bit like the Moores, Henry or was it Barbara? I like it even more.
"i fancied the idea of a more experimental piece, lots of abstraction but centred around the shape of a candle that also has a CND peace sign carved within the flame shape at the top (most visible when viewed from beside the Berlin wall near the warship cannons) . in an abstract piece people project their own ideas onto the shapes and gather their own meanings from it interpreting it how they like through the filters of their own mind"
I've always been more of a National Art Gallery person than a Tate so still not feeling this.