Hope and Thanksgiving, 2018
Intensive Care Corridor, Craigavon Hospital
Commissioned by: Arts Committee and funded by NHS Blood and Transplant
Materials: Artwork in ceramic
Techniques: Hand made ceramics, earthenware lustre glaze, ceramic relief prints
Dimensions: Each 1.1m diameter (3 circles)
Three circles with approximately 380 ceramic butterflies and forget-me-nots placed within. It was made as a thank you to organ donors and their families and represents the relationship between donor and recipient.
This artwork was made as a thank you to organ donors in honour of those who gave the gift of Life.
This artwork signifies the bond between donors and their recipients
and is echoed in the relationship between the forget-me-not and the butterfly.
As the butterfly receives sustenance through nectar, the plant is, in return, pollinated.
The forget-me-not flower – a symbol no donor will ever be forgotten.
The butterfly – a symbol of new life
Words written on the butterflies were taken from testimonials from donor families and recipients.
Donors generously give the gift of life to another person to enable them to live their lives with a new freedom