19 June 2012
Over the dull windy days last week, I passed several times the new work of art made by Rachel Whiteread on the front of the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Each time I went by I was immensely cheered by the tumbling golden leaves, Whiteread's signature impressions of the windows below, the gold overlaid on the existing frieze. It is utterly lovely. Apparently inspired by buddleia as well as the existing Tree of Life design, I like the way too the gold links back for me to the time when just along the way Black Lion Yard was full of jewellers shops. I remember being taken there as a girl one December afternoon to buy a gold charm. My mum's wedding ring came from one of the shops there too. All gone now - the yard, the shops, the gold. Now we have these Whitelchapel leaves instead, rain, wind or shine.