Tree in Islington

(12 negatives)
Mural for 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). Commissioned by Nick Griffiths & Nick Mason. 

Athena International later published this as a poster under their title of  ‘Urban Growth’ in 1988

Printing Note

256 hrs and 56 prints to  reach this point including photography

Mural Notes. 

When Hag  made this picture  it was meant to be where hats and coats were hung.  Hooks were to be placed within the tree. This did not happen as nobody could bring themselves to drill holes in the 6’ x 9’ (1.82 x 2.74m) Mural. The studio was later expanded and where the mural was became a doorway. The mural was left in the back yard in the rain.

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 in the black & white version)  
8. Tree Nymph

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

‘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’

Hand tinted in 1991 by ‘Hill Headland’ for a poster published by Athena International which they titled ‘Urban growth’.

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 January 2013.   See links below…..

 Number Number 11. Dead Things.  Of Field & Forest  by Jessica J. Lee February 25th 2015

Sunset over snow-covered Hampstead Heath  by Mathew Maran January 2013Hag at ‘The Tree in Islington’ 2nd March 2022

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

The deceased tree & the tinted version is not found in the book ‘How Things Are’

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