The secret of the Re-Leaf Project in Lewes is soon to be revealed.
Visitors to The Foundry Gallery have been busy this month making pastel-coloured leaves which will be transformed into a single piece of art linking the gallery with the Linklater Pavilion.
The true nature of the artwork remains a mystery and artist Tom Walker has penned the following poem to add to the intrigue.
If you’re on Malling Field this Saturday
The twenty-sixth day of July
Then at noon let your gaze cross the river
And here is what you will espy:
A man in a bright yellow T-shirt
Near the Foundry that side of the Ouse
Will embark on a boat called Fair Gael
And go on a ten minute cruise.
The boat has a leaf for its pennant
The man has a case full of leaves
Made with pastel on paper by people
Who, afterwards, all had green sleeves.
The boat plies beneath Phoenix Causeway
Then Cliffe Bridge and, just round the bend
Will dock near Linklater Pavilion
Where Fair Gael’s short voyage will end.
The man in the bright yellow T-shirt
Will step ashore, leafcase in hand
And vanish inside the Pavilion
To do something secretly planned.
If you pasteled a leaf at the Foundry
Or two leaves, three leaves or a burst
Then come to the Railway Land later
5.30, August 31st.
Have a picnic and then at 6.30
The Re-Leaf unveiling will start
Then you’ll see how your leaves have been fashioned
Into one complete work of art.
More than 200 leaves have been created so far – half of them by Year 5 and 6 children from Southover Primary School. They also covered 18 square metres of black paper with pastel flames, sparks and smoke to complete the Great Wall of Fire project.
The Foundry exhibition closes at 5pm on Sunday.