It is wonderful to return to Aberdeen as I am not a stranger to the park; my public artwork Mosaic Gardens, 2016 was a celebrated heritage of Aberdeen Union Terrace Gardens. Two hundred flags of bold coloured images that depicted parts of the Union Terrace were hidden throughout the Gardens. This participatory installation created the opportunity to visualise a reimagining of a much-loved city centre space and introduced ideas of change and renewal. The public were then invited to take one flag creating a parade as they carried them home.
It is an honour to be invited back to create the public artwork MEMORY TREE for Aberdeen Union Terrace Gardens. A memory tree has a strong tradition, creating a focal point for people to visit and spend time reflecting on thoughts of their loved ones.
My design was inspired by the Rowan Tree, which is found high in the mountains of Scotland. It is often known as the Tree of Life, symbolising courage, wisdom and protection.
The design process started with a beautiful ink drawing, which was then crafted in Scotland using high-grade stainless steel, chosen because of its longevity and strength.
The MEMORY TREE is intimate and approachable public art, providing stimulating and brilliant viewing from many angles. The magic can be witnessed during the day, acting as a sundial, as the sun slowly casts shadows across the lush landscape of the park. more info