Tree of Remembrance

Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

Artists: Wolfgang and Heron

The 11 metre high sculptural tree is set within a scheme by the renowned Japanese architect, Tadao Ando.

It commemorates those Manchester Civilians who died during World War II. Their names are etched into the bronze bands circling the trunk.

A canopy of bronze and stainless steel provides a sense of shelter and a place for quiet contemplation or for memorial events. Feelings of austerity and sensitivity are intertwined. Themes of memory, hope and regeneration are suggested.

Its monumental presence and organic flow respond to the public mood of the space and counterpoint the formal geometry of Ando’s memorial wall.

Project Information

Client: Manchester City Council

Location: Manchester

Date: 2005