Athena International later published this as a poster under their title of ‘Urban Growth’ in 1988
‘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’)
256 hrs and 56 prints to reach this point including photography
Mural Notes. When 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……..
4. Hags Eye
5. Daisy Dog
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.
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 2013
Combination print created by Hag by Combination printing. Surreal photography.