University Health System, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Architects: Perkins and Will
Hand painted ceramic enamel on glass bolted to the wall with invisible fixings.
5 metres wide X 9.5 metres high.
The design is constructed as a series of “cell’s” the shapes and forms take on many meanings and allow the viewer to project their thoughts and interpretations onto the piece.
At close quarters the designs appear abstract and contain many textures and treatments, however, from a distance the viewer can notice an image emerging. In the centre of the design is the face of Hippocrates the founder of modern medicine, below are a series of small disks containing herb and leaf forms representing historical healing properties. The small disks wrap themselves around the larger forms as a reference to Aesculapius with the serpent entwined around a staff.
The small disks act as “pictogram” images and convey a message from Hippocrates:
“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity” – this message is translated on a plaque that contains the sentence in Spanish, English and in the pictogram symbols. The shape of the plaque is the same as the “Rosetta Stone” the key to understanding modern language.