So, the only time I see trees with any regalia and flowers placed upon them is when there has been a tragic untimely loss of life.
For the work that I do as an artist in Chelmsley Wood, part of the Tree of Life creative project I wanted to place material on trees to show that someone lives.
On the run up to Easter I wrapped 6 trees with ‘resurrection’ colours of white, gold and purple. At each one I placed a simple sign declaring ‘He is alive.’ Two lads asked what I was doing. ‘A man died.’ I said. They shook their heads solemnly. ‘But he came back to life.’ They looked surprised. I then explained that I was remembering the Easter story.
In terms of art, I must admit it didn’t look as aesthetically pleasing as I had hoped. Yet there was something striking about the trees I managed to cover. They became a memorial yet cheeky and bold in it’s announcement.