Rochester Cathedral will be revealing its latest art exhibition, the Leaves of the Trees, to reflect on the Covid-19 pandemic.
The display, created by internationally renowned artist Peter Walker, will feature 5,000 metal leaves, all of which are engraved with the word ‘hope’.
Visitors will be able to see the steel autumnal leaves at the cathedral from Sunday, April 24 to Sunday, May 22.
The leaves symbolise the past but also hope for the future. The shape, modelled after the sycamore maple leaf, represents strength, protection, eternity and clarity.
Over time, visitors will see the colour of the leaves gradually change colour to rusted tones of orange and brown.
The Leaves of the Trees is a memorial for those who have experienced the pandemic and lost loved ones or felt personally affected. The installation allows individuals, families and communities to reflect on the past lockdowns and isolation periods and look towards the future.
Dean of Rochester, The Very Rev’d Philip Hesketh said: “Peter has produced an evocative and moving piece of work which captures the experience of autumn fallenness whilst being energised by the hope of the coming spring.”
Peter is no stranger to the historic town of Rochester. In October 2021, he transformed the cathedral with his spectacular sell-out lightshow, Space Voyage. The internationally renowned sculptor and artist is currently the artistic director at Lichfield Cathedral.
The Leaves of the Trees has already visited several cathedrals across the UK, including Exeter Cathedral and Lichfield Cathedral.
The Leaves of the Trees is at Rochester Cathedral from Sunday, April 24 to Sunday, May 22. Admission is free and no booking is required.