A 5m high stainless steel sculpture for Blackbird Leys Community Centre inspired by a popular community learning project, and involving community groups in its construction.
The Glow Tree
This project involved community workshops in which both adult Leys residents and Leys children made their own cast relief sculptures with artist Neil Wood.
The Blackbird Leys Arts Group (BLAG) also benefited from a mentoring program, which involved personal sessions as well as 3 members visiting the artist’s studio in Stafford to learn welding techniques and work on the sculpture itself. They also visited a foundry in Wales to cast their own bronze leaf designs for the tree sculpture.
The artist, BLAG members and other community people dug the foundation themselves, with the installation carried out by artist Neil Wood.
This project is part of ‘Evolving City’ the Urban Cultural Programme coordinated by Oxford Inspires and project managed by Fusion in conjunction with the local community.