The Trail of the Possil Meteorite is an arts trail in various locations throughout North West Glasgow taking place on 1 April 2017 10am-8pm. The festival celebrates a unique cosmic event – the landing of a meteorite in North Glasgow on Thursday 5 April 1804. One of only four such objects ever found in Scotland, the meteorite marks Possil and Lambhill as special places within a global directory of meteorite landings. This historic event will be explored in art, talks, film, performance, procession, cloth, wind, and animation.

Glasgow Sculpture Studios have invited artist Sally Hackett to work with primary school children from Golfhill Primary School and Saracen Street Primary to create a Mexican Tree of Life and the resulting sculpture will be exhibited at the Claypits nature reserve at Hamiltonhill on 1 April 10am-5pm.

The creation of Trees of Life are part of the pottery and ceramic traditions of central Mexico. Pottery in this area can be traced back to between 1800 and 1300 B.C. including clay figurines. The artist has chosen this tradition to consider the imminent and future regeneration the Claypits and the traditional depiction of themes of utopia, epiphany, rebirth and fertility that the tree of life represents.  The Mexican tree of life was historically used as a story telling tool, rich with spiritual imagery and narrative. With participation from local school children in the area, the tree will represent the rich and diverse history of the site. Handmade objects like roe deer, indigenous flora, tenants cans, crisp packets and other objects representative of the fabric of this unique landscape will hang together.

The workshops will focus on the human relationship to nature, including human need for interaction with green spaces and will celebrate the potential and future of the Claypits. Each of the children will create a small scale sculpture to contribute to this autobiographical Tree of Life.

The Claypits Nature Reserve follows the course of the Forth & Clyde Canal from the Firhill Basin to Applecross Street at British Waterways. The clay from here was used to make the watertight seal for the canal. The ‘borrow pit’ has since become home to wetland and willow scrub and is used by animals such as roe deer and waterfowl.

The site can be accessed via two points 214–248 Ellesmere Street, Glasgow or at the former ‘Canal Lock Keeper’s House’ at Applecross Gate at 5-7 Applecross Street G4 9SP.

The Applecross Gate entrance is 5 minutes walk from Glasgow Sculpture Studios and we will be doing guided tours to view the sculpture throughout the day.  

For details of the full programme please click here