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A Cherry Blossom Map at the Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield

My thanks to everyone who came to my talk at the Hepworth Wakefield gallery last week. And to the University of Sheffield team for organising the Modern Nature Symposium there.

The gallery is rightly famous for its contents, not least its collection of Barbara Hepworth’s work. But the sculptures are in danger of being overshadowed…

What a building!

I found my way to the gallery using TV satellite dishes and clouds. The final five minutes were easy, I just had to follow a certain creature. I couldn’t help noticing that those attending the gallery had a certain look, a creative shabby chic. This genteel migration led me to the front door.

The most beautiful map was actually formed by a blizzard of cherry blossom in a car park near the gallery. The blossom mapped the movements of cars, pedestrians and the wind. The southeasterly breeze was marshalling the petals up against any south-facing ridges.

Wild Cherry blossom achieves the near impossible, making a car park beautiful.
The southeasterly wind, blowing from behind us, has collected petals along any south-facing ridges.