During the 2017 Wennington Archive Weekend, artist Jonathan Adamson developed the art installation he had begun in 2013, with the planting of the Kaki Tree, by erecting a new sculpture. The kaki tree came from Japan, from a parent which survived the atomic bomb blast over Nagasaki in 1945, and is part of a worldwide project for peace which brings together artists, children and communities. For more on the Kaki Tree project, see here.

At the end of the Weekend, assistant archivist Jen Galloway interviewed Jonathan about the background to the new sculpture, about its conceptualisation and fabrication, about the responses people had had to it so far, and about his own second thoughts.

 

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Background to the tree and to the worldwide Kaki Tree Project

 

 

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The ideas in the sculpture

 

 

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The components of the sculpture, and how the elements of the installation work and mean

 

 

 

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Responses to and interpretations of the sculpture

 

 

 

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A first after-thought: the modesty of the piece....

 

 

 

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A second after-thought: the embodiment of absence