Galvanised steel with graphite and wax finish, 6mm artista screen printed glass with kelp glass roundels. 3930 (h) x 2880 (w) x 230mm (d). Photographs courtesy of Nick Cooney.
Tre is a permanent commission for the library in Kresen Kernow, the Cornish archive. Tre celebrates Medieval Cornish language manuscripts; how these relate to the landscape now, and to ideas of home. The window depicts Adam’s son Seth arriving at the gates of the Garden of Eden. Looking within, he sees the Tree of Knowledge. This foreshadows the wood of the cross on which Christ is crucified but also our networked relationship with nature. Seth’s tale is intriguing because usually Paradise is forbidden, symbolising a state of bliss we cannot return to. At its heart, Seth’s story is redemptive and speaks of the possibility of returning home, and a respectful relationship with nature. The title Tre is the Cornish word for homestead, which survives in so many place names.
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