Value; Coin, Note and Eclipse

Newling, John
John Newling often makes use of horticultural processes in his work. In 2006 Newling grew a pathway of Pinot Noir grapes in the aisle of St John’s Church, Chatham, for a work entitled Chatham Vines. To make Value; Coin, Note and Eclipse the artist grew more than 80 pots of Jersey Kale (Brassica Oleracea) in his Nottingham garden – a plant often referred to as ‘Walking Stick Cabbage’ thanks to its stalks that can be used as walking sticks once its leaves and roots are removed. Newling harvested the leaves of these plants at different stages of their growth, cutting and drying them to use as materials. Applying gold leaf to their surface, and transforming them into a kind of currency, he also used these leaves to create replicas of £20 notes, and the pattern of an eclipse. The result is a series of two-dimensional works exploring time, currency and value.
  • Artwork Details: Frame, 78 x 60cm
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  • Material description: Pressed and gilded Jersey Kale plants
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
  • Theme: Nature
  • Medium: Mixed Media
  • Accession number: ACC1/2014



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