About The Leaves of the Trees

“THE LEAVES OF THE TREES” by Peter Walker Sculptor

A Reflective Covid Memorial

Photo : Mark Pickthall

“The Leaves of the Trees” installation has been visiting towns and cities around the country, and has been designed to honour those who have passed away during the pandemic, but also to allow everyone to take a moment out and contemplate what we have been through and to think about loved ones.

Designed as a reflective memorial to the pandemic the installation is made up of 5000 steel leaves with the word HOPE written upon, which are laid out on the floor, creating a beautiful impression of autumn leaves fallen from the trees. Appearing as though naturally scattered by the wind the leaves symbolise the past, what has transpired. However, the leaf is not only emblematic of the past but also the future and the shape of a sycamore maple leaf has been chosen as it symbolises, strength, protection, eternity as well as clarity.

Steel has been chosen as the material for the leaves, to remind us of our resilience and collective strength. As it moves around the country the steel will age, rust and change colour, just as the leaves of trees do when they fall each year. The simplicity and beauty of the installation gives people the chance to pause and contemplate upon their own personal responses.

Tour Venues –

April/May 2022 – Rochester Cathedral

December 2021 – Peterborough Cathedral

November 2021 – St Albans Cathedral

October 2021 – Winchester Cathedral

September 2021 – Southwark Cathedral

August 2021 – Worcester Cathedral

May 2021 – Southwell Minster

Chester 2020 – Chester Cathedral

November 2020 – Lichfield Cathedral

October 2020 – Sheffield Cathedral

September 2020 – Exeter Cathedral

Photo : Mark Pickthall
Photo : Mark Pickthall

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