Washington 2013: ‘The Scream’

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Decorations featuring Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ as workers construct the annual Norwegian Christmas tree at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Dec. 2, 2013.

To top off a year in Washington with a Navy Yard shooting, partial government shutdown and health-care website meltdown, a Christmas tree with 700 “screams” may speak to the most jaded Washingtonians.

For 16 years, the Union Station tree has been an annual gift from the Norwegian Embassy, which is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Norwegian artist Edward Munch with cultural events all around the world.

The 32-foot artificial pine features ornaments depicting Munch’s most famous painting: “The Scream.”

Adorned with 20,000 lights and 700 Norwegian and American flags, the tree will be on display in Union Station’s West Hall until the beginning of January.

The painting is an international icon of horror and madness.

An appropriate sendoff for 2013 in Washington.

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