100 leaves were collected on 100 consecutive days between 2 April and 10 July, coming from many different locations across the UK. Each of these leaves were cast in bronze at the Crucible Foundry using the ancient lost wax casting technique.
We’re now reopening the subscription with the option to join in half way through the year. As the first 6 months has already passed, whoever wishes to join in now, their monthly payments will be £20 for the remaining 6 months of the subscription period. It is open to subscribers internationally. The total cost spread over the year is £120. This includes one of the unique bronze leaf sculptures that was collected and cast in bronze during the 100 Leaves Project + shipping worldwide.
Instead of the fortnightly email updates, I’ve decided to put together a downloadable pdf document that will be emailed to all subscribers with photos and further details about where the original leaves were gathered. Moreover I commissioned an illustrator to draw a 100 original postcards illustrations that will accompany each of the 100 leaves and a special kind of map to demonstrate the journey through the 100 leaves , all with different shapes and sizes coming from varied locations.
Later this year, on the 16th of November, all the 100 bronze leaves will be exhibited in London at our Autumn Open Studio before dispersing them across the globe to our subscribers.
If you wish to be part of this project and own a piece of unique bronze leaf sculpture, one of the 100, please note that is not possible anymore. There are no places left available. Subscription was open until the 18th of August, which is closed now.
For the project timeline and FAQ scroll down to the bottom of the page.
The 100 Leaves Project will be a new and exciting venture joining in with the 100 day project from the 2nd of April until the 10th of July. Creatives participate worldwide by committing to making or doing something for 100 continuous days.
Our plan is to collect each day a single leaf from a different location that will be cast in bronze. In the end, there will be 100 unique bronze leaves cast directly from real leaves coming from all over the UK where we travelled throughout this time. On the reverse of each bronze leaf we will engrave the name of the leaf, the location and the date when it was collected. This project will document 100 days from our art practice, a three dimensional map and diary made of leaves.
We are launching the bronze leaf subscription service to fund the 100 Leaves Project. At the same time, we hope this service will make our work more accessible and affordable by spreading the cost of a bronze leaf sculpture. It will take shape in the form of a monthly recurring payment of £10 a month for a period of 12 months and will be limited to 100 subscribers in the first year. It will be open to subscribers internationally and the monthly cost will include shipping worldwide.
You will receive subscriber only content by email in your mailbox every fortnight from beginning till the end of the project: for a period of 8 month in between April and November - 1st newsletter goes out on the 1st of April and the last newsletter you will receive on the 25th of November.
As our subscriber you will also be able to choose one of the 100 leaves. Each of the leaves will be entirely unique solid bronze castings of the real leaves collected during the project. You will be taken on a journey as this bronze leaf collection comes into being and will receive a small part of it to keep as a memorabilia. All bronze leaves will be dispatched by the 20th of November and will arrive to our subscribers before Christmas.
Subscription Spring Launch: 17 March
Subscriptions close: 31 March (or when we reach 100 subscribers)
First subscriber update: 1 April
Project starts: 2 April
100 day ends: 10 July
Subscription Summer Opening: 11 August
Subscriptions close: 18 August
100 Project pdf document published to subscribers: 1 Sept
Finishing metalwork & patination on bronze leaves: August - October
100 bronze leaves completed by 10 November
All the bronze leaves published online to subscribers: 11 November
Open Studio: 16 November - to showcase the 100 leaves together once before distributing them to our subscribers worldwide
100 bronze leaves shipped to subscribers by 20 November
Project ends: 25 November
Please note, the duration of the 100 Leaves Project is 8 months, but the subscription is running for 12 months or 6 months for those signing up in August. After the completion of the project, in the last 4 months of your subscription, you will still receive updates. Your subscription will end automatically after 12 months if you signed up in March or after 6 months if you signed up in August. It will not renew beyond this period.
What range of leaves will you collect?
It will mostly be native species growing in the UK with the occasional exotic species coming from botanic gardens or other special locations.
Can you guarantee there will be an oak or ash leaf amongst the 100 leaves?
Yes, there will be at least one of each of these leaves.
How will subscribers choose their leaf once the collection is complete?
Photos and videos will be made of all the 100 bronze leaves. These will be shared on our website with all subscribers in November. The bronze leaves then can be claimed on a first come first served basis.
What size the bronze leaves will be?
They will vary in size, just as much as the real leaves that grow in nature do. The leaves we collect will be between 3-10 cm, depending on the type of leaf.
How will these leaves be presented?
All bronze leaves will be freestanding, without any additional mounting or base. If any of the subscribers wishes to commission a base or wallmount before we dispatch the bronze leaf, it can be arranged for an additional cost.
Do you have an idea what locations will you collect leaves from?
All locations will be within the UK. Some in cities, others in the countryside.
If there is anything else you wish to ask, please send an email.
The bronze leaves pictured here are for illustration purposes only. If you wish to see more examples of our work, please go and see our instagram and twitter accounts.
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