Tree in Islington

1978
(12 negatives)
Mural for Pink Floyds Britannia Road, Islington, London UK,  Recording Studio commissioned by Nick Griffiths & Nick Mason

‘Beauty emerges from the soil of the toils within which we exist, teeming with life, vibrant with the creative force. The energy and joy of creation is all around us.’   (from Hags book ‘How Things Are’)

The tree photographed for this picture is number 0020 on Hampstead Heath, London UK. Now deceased. Notes & photograph at the bottom of this page.

Printing Note

256 hrs and 56 prints to  reach this point including photography

Mural NotesWhen Hag  made this picture for Pink Floyd’s Britannia Road recording studio in Islington  North London.  (The studio is just out of frame in the picture to the right of the tree trunk).
It was intended to be where hats and coats were hung.  Hooks were going to be added within the tree. This did not happen as nobody could bring themselves to drill holes in the 6’ x 9’ Mural.

Hag added 7 things that people could discover whilst hanging their coats.
This is a list of the things in increasing order of difficulty……..
1. Cupboard
2. Coats
3. Umbrella
4. Hags Eye
5. Daisy Dog
6. Beetle
7. Beatles (Only on this web image, not in the original)
8. Tree Nymph

If you click on the photographs a larger image will be revealed  where all these things can be found.


Hand tinted in 1991 by ‘Hill Headland’ for a poster published by Athena International

Above is the newly scanned version of the hand tinted ‘Tree in Islington’ which was very badly damaged when Athena International printers ripped it off its thin mounting board to drum scan for their poster in 1991!

The Tree in Islington (Deceased) 2019

Hag discovered in July 2019 that ‘The Tree in Islington’ whilst still standing had died. Tree number 0020 on Hampstead Heath, London. Research has shown it has been in this state from at least February 2015.

Combination print created by Hag by Combination printing.  Surreal photography.

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