A new artwork allowing people to reflect on their personal experiences will soon be available to view at Lichfield Cathedral.

Titled The Leaves Of The Trees, artist-in-residence Peter Walker’s sculpture is made up of 5,000 steel leaves, each featuring the word ‘hope’, and has been designed to honour those who have died during the pandemic.

Commenting on the artwork, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, said: “The pandemic has affected every facet of life, and since the start of the lockdown in March we’ve experienced new stresses and challenges. This large-scale work by Peter Walker, our artist-in-residence, matches the mood with the moment. Autumn sees leaf-fall, shorter, cooler days and the approach of winter darkness. There’s an inevitable melancholy about the season, under-scored in 2020 by the losses, sadness and disruption of the crisis. Yet we house the installation in holy space that testifies always to hope. We offer this exhibition as an opportunity to think, pray, reflect and figure out the nature of our hope.”

Visitors to Lichfield Cathedral can view the installation from 31 October to 25 November during usual daytime opening hours. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to write down their own thoughts, reflections and prayers on a paper leaf. 

From 3 to 8 November the installation will feature prominently in the Poppy Fields 2020 light & sound show. 

For more information and to purchase tickets for Poppy Fields 2020, visit lichfield-cathedral.org