I was asked by the Friends of Heaton Park to create a sculpture from an old beech tree that had necessarily been felled due to safety reasons. The character of the site that fascinated me most was the event of the fall of the tree, its shock and impact upon the ground, and the break and scatter of its branches. My response to this was to create a sculpture that exaggerated and continued the impact of this fall and collision, by opening out the tree in layers, as though it had split open like a pack of cards on the force of meeting the ground.
Location: Heaton Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Commissioned by: The Friends of Tees Heritage Park and Newcastle City Council