This intricate installation entailed suspending thousands of silver metallic leaves from the trees. Patterned with a holographic mirror effect, the “leaves” were not so much “illuminations” emitting light, but rather "light-catchers". During the day, the leaves reflected the sun's rays, and at night, the foliage sparkled and glittered.
The concept was inspired by the symbolic significance of the winter festivities. The illuminations and leafy decorations traditionally used during the celebrations are distant echoes of the ancient, pre-Christian rites that celebrated light during the darkest period of the year - ensuring that the sun would be reborn at the solstice. The veneration of greenery in winter conjured up what was known as "Season of Death": a summons to spring so that the light could re-awaken nature.
Rain and storms meant we had to re-hang 15,000 “leaves”, not to mention contending with protests, a broken-down vehicle… need I say more?