The Bell Tree, Speke Hall & Garden Liverpool 2018-19 Serena Korda & Bluecoat Gallery
Deep in the heart of Speke Hall’s woodland is an ancient oak tree which was transformed by award winning artist Serena Korda into a sculptural sound installation with over 300 ceramic mushroom bells. Inspired by the folklore of the native bluebells that grow beneath its branches, The Bell Tree celebrates the dark side of the fairy kingdom. Binaural soundscapes were created by Serena from recording with the bell ringers of Garston St. Michael’s Church, accompanied by an angry band of fairies, performed by local choir Mostly Madrigals and a capella group Mouthful. A sister piece called Under the Rose was also created in Speke Hall’s inner courtyard explored centuries of overheard secrets.
This project was supported by funding from the Arts Council and England and through a partnership with the Bluecoat in Liverpool. A smaller Bell Tree was on display in the courtyard of Bluecoat throughout the exhibition as well as artist talks and Blue room programme.