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17th Oct, 2021

Art installation reflects on lives lost in pandemic

Rob George 13th Aug, 2021

A REFLECTIVE memorial of the pandemic and the lives lost to Coronavirus has arrived at Worcester Cathedral.

The county landmark will play host to ‘The Leaves of the Trees’ this month; an installation of 5,000 steel ‘Hope’ leaves, as a reflective memorial to the effects of the pandemic.

The installation is designed to honour those who have lost their lives, but also to allow everyone to take a moment to contemplate what we have been through and to think about loved ones.

The leaves will be laid out in the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel until August 31, creating a beautiful impression of autumn leaves fallen from the trees.

Appearing as though naturally scattered by the wind, the leaves symbolise the past and what has transpired.

However, the leaf is also emblematic of the future.

The artist, Peter Walker, chose a sycamore maple leaf as it symbolises strength, protection, eternity and clarity.

The exhibition will be available to visit during normal Cathedral visiting hours, 10am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday (last entry 4.30pm) and 1-3pm on Sundays (last entry 2.30pm).

As part of this, 60 Worcestershire and Dudley schools have used paper leaves to create their own displays based on the exhibition.

Visitors will be able to view a selection of these designs and add their own ‘Hope’ leaf to the paper display in the Dean’s Chapel.

A personalised ‘Hope’ leaf produced individually and shaped by hand by Peter Walker can also be purchased.

Leaves are priced at £25 and those who purchase the item will also receive a certificate of authentication, signed by the artist. A proportion of the profits support the work of the Cathedral.

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