He­laine Blu­men­feld’s ar­bo­real art­works

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Through­out her 50-year ca­reer, the Amer­i­can sculp­tor He­laine Blu­men­feld, who works between her Cam­bridgeshire home and the Tus­can coast, has found in­spi­ra­tion in myths about the Tree of Life. In a year that sees her recog­nised on a global scale (Blu­men­feld is con­tribut­ing to the group ex­hi­bi­tion at this sum­mer’s Venice Biennale), she has cho­sen to re­visit the theme with a se­ries of bronze and mar­ble sculp­tures de­pict­ing the sa­cred tree. These in­clude a three-me­tre-high de­sign in­stalled at the Woolf In­sti­tute in Cam­bridge and five vari­a­tions set to go on show at Ely Cathe­dral, all telling a story of hope and renewal in tur­bu­lent times. fh ‘Tree of Life’ is at Ely Cathe­dral (www.ely­cathe­ from 13 July to 28 Oc­to­ber.

he­laine blu­men­feld’s gar­den in cam­bridge

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