Live Installation, 2023


Trees were sandwiched between the floor and ceiling of postROOM’s domestic/gallery space,growing up from under the floor and through the ceiling.Visitors experienced the spectacle of ‘the trees’ inside the house, growing up around people and furniture, the tree tops could be seen from the garden coming up through the balcony/flat roofs of the 1st floor and 2nd floors. ‘Trees have taken over the house: breaking through floors, walls and ceilings; everywhere is affected. An end of an era; the trees have returned, nature will be restored. Enough is enough: too much: (still) waiting/talking – it’s the revenge of the trees. Positive as well as negative: creating disorder, upsetting viewpoints and questioning positions, but echoing life/energy, the trees are back; with humour, madness and a sense of the ridiculous. The rights of trees will be asserted. The division of inside and outside space has been broken down. PostROOM, is an ordered and harmonious space. We are introducing a sense of risk and visualising environmental passions…(from the press release). 50 new (bird friendly) BARKING hedge trees were grown for the project and bought by visitors or donated to Westcombe Woodlands.

Produced For

Sandie Macrae/postROOM


Sandie Macrae/postROOM gallery, London N1


Trees and branches


5m square approx. x 3 Levels.


Installation: Patrick Semple, Rick Brooks, Mike Richards, Sally and Tim, Thompson's Garden Centre , Welling and Pistachios in the Park Cafe, East Greenwich.

Film: Billy Macrae and Sandy Macrae.

Photography:Terry Watts and Fran Cottell


Related Artworks

Fran Cottell: The House Projects, 2021

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