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Arbour Vitae is located in Westmead, close by to the Westmead Hospital precinct.  Themes taken from the Tree of Life and the Doctor’s symbol of the Rod of Asclepius are the basis for the artwork.

The title of the work Arbour Vitae: is latin for the Tree of Life. The serpent is an interpretation of the Rod of Asclepius; an ancient Greek deity associated with healing and medicine.   The serpent is said to represent the dual nature of the physician dealing the life and death, or it can also represent renewal as the snake sheds it's skin.

Designed in 2014 for Parramatta City Council by Jane Cavanough, fabricated from Axolotl glass, with internal LED’s, and copper frame.


Value: $150 000

Fabricated by: Tomas Misura

Photo: Simon Wood



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