Whilst collaborating with Hackney Downs Studios (HDS) on other projects we became aware of the vast amount of hard waste that was accumulating as they renovated their warehouse/studios.
We were inspired by all this material seeing it not as waste but as a medium. Taking into context HDS’ location which is next to Hackney Downs park and The Russet cafe being named after an apple tree we took the idea to create a recycled sculptural tree. This then fitted in perfectly with HDS further development of them creating The Village Green; a brand new independent shopping and cultural development.
Last academic year we facilitated some workshops with the students from Petchey Academy where we undertook observational drawings from trees in the local area to inform the design and shape of the sculptural tree.
We then found the wonderful Phil Neal to come on board and bring the ideas of the local school children to life.
Here are some piccies of the tree’s journey so far. We will be covering it in leaves made from the local community very soon. Enjoy !!