The starting point was the creation of a two dimensional archetypical tree which was the full width and height of the basement, so stretching from floor to ceiling and from wall to wall. The tree was designed by Wendy Harpe and built and installed by Tony Mercer.
Above the tree in situ
Once the tree was in place tiny nails were hammered at one inch intervals along the lower edges of the branches.
The Vigil consisted of hanging lit night lights to the nails starting from one side a of the tree and working across it. Such was the width and height of the tree that by the time one reached the other side the ones at the starting point would be going out.
It was possible for people to join in and help with adding the lights, though in practice few did. The exception to this being Claudine who spent much of the day helping.
Above photos of preparing the nightlights for hanging on a tree.
In addition to being able to help by adding the night lights or preparing them for hanging; around the outside of the room were tables, with lamps, books about trees (for inspiration), books with blank pages, a range of coloured paper, card, and pens plus scissors and glue.
Left photos of the tables
Visitors were invited to add trees, poems about trees, or messages to or from trees to the books.
Above photos of people creating their tree work.
Above photos of Janice Murphy performing the Peace Dance in front of a lit tree and serving marshmellows to the audience.
Above the tree fully lit stretching across the basement