Sunday 24 May 2020

Sentinel Trees

Welcome to Sentinel Trees, an exhibition of miniature art works from 13 artists and 9 authors. 
We are excited and pleased to be part of the Urban Tree Festival 2020.
Today is the last day of the exhibition and we would like to thank all the artists and writers who contributed their time and effort to make the show possible. Thanks also to the Urban Tree Festival; we hope you have taken part in some of the exciting events that have been going on all week.

Artist: Alban Low and Jack Writer: El Rhodes

Do Not Forget Us, Those Who Have Been Lost.

Do not forget us, those who have been lost
whether in the sap, or in the blood,
taken by unthinking rage against the flesh 
and the bright liminal of a living green

All those of us who were taken before our time,
make memories for us, speak aloud our names, 

What in this unfurling causes such intent 
against the seed to leaf, or life lived now
some unsimply hate the blossom
as they also hate the bough and root

Do not forget us, those who have been lost,
plant new words afresh, and remember our names

About the Writer

E. E. Rhodes is an archaeologist and writer who lives in Cardiff, with 5000 books, a tolerant partner, and probably quite a few mice. Her work can be found in a number of anthologies, zines and journals. Connect with her on Twitter @electra_rhodes

About the Artists

Alban Low is involved in many creative projects, these include album artwork, publishing chapbooks, making films, maps, conceptual exhibitions, live performance and good old drawing. He is artist-in-residence at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's University of London. Low spends his evenings in the jazz clubs of London where he captures the exhilaration of live performances in his sketchbook. On Wednesday evenings he sketches the performers on the radio show A World in London at Resonance FM. During the 2020 Lockdown he made his first radio programme, The All Vinyl A to Z of Africa.

Jack is an artist collaborating with Alban for Sentinel Trees.

About the Bonsai

This scruffy little bonsai is a pyracantha, commonly known as a Firethorn due to its bright red berries and the copious spikes on its branches. Pyracantha will grow to about 15 feet tall and are frequently found in gardens. Their fruits are mildly poisonous to humans but make a good winter food source for birds.

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