Sculpture to uplift and connect

Artist Dr Jon Tarry with hospital Chief Executive Officer John Fogarty.

Artist Dr Jon Tarry with hospital Chief Executive Officer John Fogarty.

An eight-metre high sculpture by artist Jon Tarry was recently unveiled at its new home at the entrance to St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

The Perth-based artist said Elevación was created with all patients, visitors and staff at the hospital in mind and is part of the hospital’s major redevelopment project.

“I wanted to create an artwork for everyone; one that could be open to interpretation so everyone would be able to form a connection with it,” Mr Tarry said.

“When people arrive at the hospital, before their surgery or procedure, before visiting a loved one or before coming to work, I want them to see the beauty in Elevación and fill up with the spirit of life.”

Mr Tarry blended these modern and traditional aesthetics and materials to create an artwork with an uplifting, nurturing theme to tie in with the hospital’s vision of providing the community with holistic health care. He was inspired by the work of the Spanish Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in which St John of God is carrying the sick or poor with an angel at his side.

img_1408The hospital called for submissions for the project in 2014 and received 86 submissions from artists across Australia.

Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer John Fogarty said Jon Tarry’s submission stood out as encapsulating the spirit of St John of God, the Sisters who continued his work, and the care that is provided at the hospital today.

“The sculpture recognises our proud history of caring for the unwell and vulnerable and our Mission and Values which continually keep us on our path to provide the very best quality care,” Mr Fogarty said.

“We are very excited to have the work of such a talented artist on our grounds.”

“Jon Tarry has embodied who we are in such a beautiful way and we hope that those who come to our hospital will find in Elevación joy and a sense of calm in what might be a stressful time in their lives.”

Jon Tarry is well known for his public sculpture both in Australia and overseas and is currently working on other major projects.


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