the dark days / aurum

Severe unseasonal gale force winds tore across the west coast of Scotland for one day in May 2009. Fresh spring leaves were stripped from tree branches and tiny newly formed fruits scattered. Some bare branches eventually produced another very reduced crop of leaves but it was too late in the season for buds, flowers and fruits to regrow. Other trees remained completely bare and because their leaves died so did they. This potential ecological disaster recalled Patrick Geddes’ “…by leaves we live”. This truth, along with discussions around cost versus value of gold leaf on ‘the golden gates’ project, inspired the gilding of fallen rhododendron leaves. Invisibly suspended, they turn gently in the subtle air movement of a gallery. They were exhibited at The Carr Awards exhibition in 2011 at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh.