As part of the Orchard Engagement Programme artist Kayle Brandon was commissioned to design a new sign, which is sited at The Orchard and provides information about the fruit varieties, origins of apple trees and the grafting process. It is also a brass rubbing for people to create their own copy. Paper and wax sticks are available at Whitchurch Library (Oatlands Avenue, Bristol, BS14 0SX).
The engraved brass plate is installed at ground level and acts as a point of focus at the front of the cathedral-shaped formation of trees. The sign’s circular shape is inspired by sundials, seasonal calendars, nautical navigational tools and panoramic maps.
About the artist
Kayle Brandon works within public and social contexts, making works which are embedded in specific sites, places and communities. She regularly works in collaborative, participatory ways, often focusing on how people relate to place, environment and social politics. Past projects include: In Two Twos (2016), working with St Paul’s residents to ask questions about what their area might be like in twenty years’ time; Food For Free (2011), a mapping work locating edible plants in Bristol’s public spaces; Avon Canoe Pilot (2007), a provocative exploration guide to the waterways of Bristol; and Cube Cola (ongoing since 2002), producing cola in the open source and domestic realms.