Vocational Course Installation: Apple Tree

The final chapter in our three-part miniseries ends on a spiritual note. Throughout the previous instalments, we’ve been shining a spotlight on the incredible large-scale projects our Vocational Course students get the chance to create in the final week of class (check out the Courtroom Garden and Hydrangea Wall installations!). Throughout the four-week programme, students work on a broad range of assignments with expert guidance from our tutors every step of the way.

Apple Tree Installation McQueens Vocational Course
The group begin by constructing the framework

Having already created a magical meadow on location in a busy hotel and constructed an eye-catching flower wall in a public space, our 16 intrepid students ended the course by constructing an ornate apple tree within the historic surroundings of Christ  Church Spitalfields. The stunning 18th-century landmark, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, is located in the heart of East London’s iconic district, a stone’s throw from the world-renowned Brick Lane and the famous Spitalfields Market.

Apple Tree Installation Spitalfields Church
Preparing materials for the installation

In contrast to the previous tasks, this effective and ornate structure can be created with a few recycled materials. Owing to their fantasy-like appearance, these installations are very popular, particularly around the festive season where they frequently provide a focal point for winter wonderland scenes and enchanted forests. 

Finishing touches – bring on the apples!

This install provided another new environment for the students to negotiate. Having experienced the hustle and bustle of a working hotel and a public pavement, the church was a serene location with frequent visitors and parishioners, so our students had to work quietly and respectfully. The final task instilled the importance of team communication and efficiency, with the group all working together to achieve the same vision – with spectacular results! Congratulations to all our talented graduates.

Apple Tree Installation
The dazzling result: the fabulous apple tree at Christ Church Spitalfields

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