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Lauren Davidson & Joe Smith

Christmas tree display disgusts shoppers as baubles filled with bodily fluids

Passing shoppers have been left aghast after one town-centre business decorated their Christmas tree with baubles filled with disgusting bodily fluids.

Turntable Gallery in Grimsby has been getting into the festive spirit in its own unique way, with decorations filled with urine, semen and human blood hanging on their tree.

The disgusting decorations also include a “deconstructed Christmas dinner ”, Marmite, pork mince, wine and cream for treating piles, according to the gallery’s owners.

Dale Wells and Darren Neave, who run the Turntable Gallery, hung up the foul festive items on Saturday, to the horror of passers-by doing their Christmas shopping.

Dale poses with his controversial Christmas tree (GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)

Dale told GrimsbyLive : "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.

“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.

Dale Wells with the Body Fluid Baubles on the Turntable Gallery Christmas Tree in Grimsby Town Centre (GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)

"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."

When asked what the artistic purpose was of the barf-inducing baubles, the pair said they simply wanted to "have a bit of fun" and "go a bit crazy".

The gallery owners have asked the public to get involved with their own contributions to the tree (GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)

Now, members of the public are being encouraged to make their own bauble for the tree. Dale 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 simply downright gross baubles.

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

"We wanted to do something a little more Turntable, a little more cheeky. I think people do realise what's in the baubles when they look."

This isn't the first time the gallery's owners have used bodily fluids in their exhibitions (GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)

“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."

The pair have form on using bodily fluids. The gallery put on a "Christmas" exhibition in July, called Winter Wonderlandfill, featuring bottles of urine among bins of plastic toys, in a comment on consumer culture and the conditions faced by delivery drivers.

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