Autumn Leaves

Commission, 2012

Blairgowrie Community Campus Public Art


This project was commissioned by Perth and Kinross Council for the Blairgowrie Community Campus, which is home to St Stephens Primary School and Newhill Primary School. The bronze sculpture explores the community’s connection to their natural heritage.

Christie made several bronze shapes of oak and elm leaves and arranged these leaves to create the form of an abstract bird turning directions in flight, echoing the theme of an osprey participatory artwork inside the school garden.

The sculpture contains a mapping of the local history. There is a low relief of River Ericht running through the sculpture. The position of the historic mills along the river is marked by two optical lenses. They encourage school pupils to explore their surroundings. The position of the campus is represented in a small viewfinder.

‘I am absolutely ecstatic with the finished result! These pieces of art are fantastic, and what is clear is that the project has brought many people of all ages together and they have been able to express their creativity through it.’
– Councillor Alan Grant