Leaves: Southwark to Winchester

Leaves in Southwark Cathedral last Sunday

Peter Walker’s art installation The Leaves of the Trees is made up of 5,000 steel leaves with the word HOPE on each one. The impression is of autumn leaves fallen from the trees and scattered by the wind.

This reflective memorial to the effects of the pandemic was seen before the high altar and great screen of Southwark Cathedral over several weeks up to last Sunday.

Now pilgrims leaving from Winchester will find the same leaves before the cathedral’s high altar and great screen which inspired Southwark’s. The installation will remain until All Souls Day Tuesday 2 November.

The leaves are turning brown as they lie in Southwark Cathedral and now Winchester Cathedral.
The first leaves laid in Winchester Cathedral as the installation was being put in place on Tuesday.
Work in progress on Tuesday morning in Winchester Cathedral.

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