Tree of the Elements

Year: 1999

By Brother John Joseph McNally


Material : Glass, copper, bronze and polyester resin

Location : National University of Singapore, Faculty of Science, Block S16

Duration : Permanent

Collection : National University of Singapore Museum

Dimensions : 3.40m x 1.22m x 1.22m


"In Tree of Elements, I symbolise Chinese motifs. The form itself looks like an abstract tree or the element of wood. The base material however is the metal copper-bronze. The lower section I made to resemble a wooden piece now in the SAM (Singapore Art Museum) called "Animalhood" and which for me is a metaphor for earth. Above that is a fish form which stands for water. The fish seems to "kiss" a phoenix which in the West is the bird of fire." - Brother Joseph McNally

Gift of Brother Joseph McNally.

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