The Tree of Life is a reflection on our shared love of nature we found during the pandemic and is intended as a symbol of hope as we emerge out of Covid-19.
Created by artist Tom Wood with students at Batley Girls’ High School and at over 50 metres high it’s set to make a BIG impression.
It’s the second artwork in the Batley Street Art Trail, commissioned and curated by Creative Scene and supported as part of Kirklees Council’s Heart Your Town initiative. It aims to bring the spirit of Batley and its people out onto the streets – an uplifting celebration of Batley and its people, marking a hopeful new start for the town in 2022.
A special thank you to Joe Battye, the owner of Redbrick Mill.
The Tree of Life is a new addition to Batley Art Trail, which was launched in Autumn 2021. The first work on the trail is Emmeline North’s murals at Batley Train Station.
Yorkshire-based Wood is known for his imaginative abstract and figurative work.
Tom Wood grew up in Liversedge and attended Batley School of Art – where he later went on to teach. He has been commissioned to paint portraits – including Prince Charles, Alan Bennet and Barbara Windsor – and has work in the collection at the National Portrait Gallery.
For further information about Tom Wood’s work, please visit: www.tomwoodfineart.com