Hippocrates - CODAworx


Client: University Health System, San Antonio, Texas

Location: San Antonio, TX, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team


Martin Donlin

Martin Donlin Limited

Industry Resource

Peter Kaufmann

Peters Studio LLC

Art Consultant

Allison Hayes Lane

Olana Group LLC


Perkins + Will, Dallas, Texas

Perkins + Will, Dallas, Texas


Hand painted enameled glass
30 feet high X 15 feet wide
18 glass panels 35 inches diameter 14 panels 14 inches diameter


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.
I have chosen a “family” of colours that are intended to be warm and welcoming with occasional complementary colours for accent.


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.

Additional Information

The small disks act as “pictograms” the images convey a message from Hippocrates: “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity” The information plaques also contain the image of Hippocrates, the shape of the plaque is the same as the “Rosetta Stone” the key to understanding modern language.