Tree of Life, a major solo exhibition of large-scale sculptures by internationally-acclaimed artist Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, will be presented in the magnificent setting of the 900-year old Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, from 13 July - 28 October 2018. Bringing together 17 bronze and marble sculptures, including seven new works, the exhibition will be displayed throughout the cathedral and in the surrounding grounds.
The title of the exhibition, Tree of Life, takes its name from one of the most important and enduring themes in Blumenfeld’s fifty-year career - despite atrocities and widespread destruction, life finds a way to renew itself. Featuring five sculptures from the Tree of Life series, presented together for the the first time, the exhibition explores the spiritual and cultural symbolism of these works and the other sculptures on display, projecting a compelling narrative of energy, optimism and hope.
The original concept for Tree of Life came in response to a statement made by Blumenfeld’s mother, that many Holocaust memorials have a ‘total absence of spirituality’. She noted that they were often depictions of objects that victims had to leave behind - empty bookcases, suitcases, vacant buildings and gravestones - which did not convey the immense loss felt then and for generations to come.
Helaine Blumenfeld is represented by Hignell Gallery.