Hippocrates

Submitted by Martin Donlin

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Client: University Health System, San Antonio, Texas

Location: San Antonio, TX, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Artist

Martin Donlin

Martin Donlin Limited

Industry Resource

Peter Kaufmann

Peters Studio LLC

Art Consultant

Allison Hayes Lane

Olana Group LLC

Architect

Perkins + Will, Dallas, Texas

Perkins + Will, Dallas, Texas

Overview

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

Goals

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.

Process

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.