Memories of the Jurassic

Bronze cast of a stack of ginkgo leaves. While being small in scale, the bronze gingko leaves hold weight through its botanic and symbolic history.  As a symbol of longevity, the ginkgo leaf was often prominent in late 19th-century Asian art and Art Nouveau. By using scale we are drawn close to the small sculptures. We are reminded that while leaves are a fragile material by casting them in bronze they resonate with the resistance of the gingko trees themselves; withstanding both natural and manmade disasters. Three Ginko trees survived the Hiroshima blast and are still growing and ginkgo trees are often seen as “living fossils”. By The curator Roberto Eckholm about this piece for Malmros' solo show Padesia at MOCA London in 2018.