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© Courtesy of the Artist and Camden Arts Centre
Toll

Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG
United Kingdom
April 26th, 2013 - July 28th, 2013
Opening: April 26th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.camdenartscentre.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
camden town
EMAIL:  
info@camdenartscentre.org
PHONE:  
+44 (0)20 7472 5500
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 10-6; Wed 10-9; Closed Mon & Bank Holidays
TAGS:  
sculpture

DESCRIPTION

This interactive work, commissioned from Aaron McPeake for the garden at Camden Arts Centre is a reflection and meditation on the decline of and threat to a number of species of flora and fauna, which were abundant when the artist was a child. 

The work is based on a leaf taken from the Ash tree at the centre of the garden at Camden Arts Centre, and hangs within the same tree. Ash trees in Europe have recently become threatened by Ash die back disease (Chalara Fraxinea), which might result in the obliteration of up to 80 million trees in the UK.

To create this sculpture McPeake has used an open mould casting method, where the molten metal is poured into a hollow in loam and the face exposed to the air oxidizes as the metal cools, producing a finish similar to the shriveling of die back disease symptoms. Visitors throughout the spring and summer months are invited to 'ring' the work, specially calibrated in collaboration with the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.