'The Leaves of the Trees' is a touring artwork installation by Peter Walker Sculptor creating a moment of connection and calm and allowing space for reflection.
Designed as a reflective memorial to the pandemic, the installation is made up of 5,000 steel leaves with the word HOPE written, laid out on the floor, creating an 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 beauty of the installation will give people the chance to pause and contemplate their own personal response to the present situation.
The installation will be on show until November 25.