About this Piece
The Tree epitomizes Life itself, with its roots drawing up nourishment from the earth, its trunk soaring skyward and its branches reaching out towards the heavens. It is also a symbol of family and relationship: the Family Tree connects us to our past, rooting us in the ground from which we have come; the flowering branches speak of our future, new possibilities, and the next generations; the trunk is where we are now, bridging past and future, weathering changes. The trunk is the individual, while the roots and branches link us to the larger system of the planet, the extended human family to which we all belong. In a real sense all life is inter-related.
We are caught in a network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
An original design by Joanna Scott-McCarthy, one of our co-founder’s daughters.
Dimensions: 9 x 3.5 inches (23 x 9cm)
This piece comes in our presentation gift box.
About the Maker
Fellow artists Brian Scott-McCarthy and Kathleen Smyth founded Wild Goose Studio in 1970. Together with other leading Irish artists, they created a unique range of artifacts that take inspiration from Ireland's rich cultural heritage and the contemporary world. Each piece starts with an inspiring thought, an image or an emotion and is given a physical form by their craftspeople.
It all starts with the marriage of an idea or meaning with an image. One of the artists will then carve that image into a sculpted piece which becomes the original from which they create a mold, so they can then faithfully reproduce the image in full detail. The production process itself starts with metal powders such as bronze or cast iron which form the outer surface of the finished piece and the inner is created from a cold cast pouring. Once the piece is set, they polish it to reveal the beauty hidden beneath.
Many of their pieces reflect Ireland's Celtic history, with its stone carvings and evocative language, while others are inspired by contemporary authors, philosophers, and the moments and milestones in life that shape our human experience.