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Dear God...
“Hate leads to fights, Fights lead to war, War leads to beautiful world no more”
Kieran Hunt

Worcester Cathedral

The Leaves of the Trees:
A Reflective Memorial 

From 5 - 31 August 2021, Worcester Cathedral will host The Leaves of the Trees, 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 on the Cathedral 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 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 installation will be produced by an internationally renowned sculptor and artist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts member and member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors Peter Walker.

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).

An opportunity to order your own 'Hope' leaf produced by Peter Walker
You can order your own Hope leaf, which will be produced individually and shaped by hand. You will also receive a certificate of authentication, signed by the artist. Leaves are priced at £25 (including VAT and P&P in the UK only) and a proportion of the profits support the work of the Cathedral. You can place your order online here. Delivery may take 21 days from confirmation of order and receipt of payment.

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