The Leaves of the Trees


A Reflective Memorial

Photo : Mark Pickthall

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“The Leaves of the Trees” installation will be 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.

Tour Venues –

Sept 2020 – Exeter Cathedral

October 2020 – Sheffield Cathedral

November 2020 – Lichfield Cathedral

April 2021 – Rochester Cathedral

Designed as a reflective memorial to the pandemic the installation is made up of 5000 steel leaves with the word HOPE written upon, which will be 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. It is hoped that the simplicity and beautiful of the installation will give people the chance to pause and contemplate their own personal response to the present situation.

Photo : Mark Pickthall
Photo : Mark Pickthall

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