“When a tribe cleared the land for a settlement in Ireland, they always left a great tree in the middle, known as the crann bethadh (krawn ba-huh), or Tree of Life, as the spiritual focus and source of well-being. They held assemblies and inaugurated their chieftains beneath it so that they could absorb power from above and below. One of the greatest triumphs over its enemies was to cut down their sacred tree, their foundation of strength and support.”
This design is adapted from the Book of Kells: an illuminated manuscript created by Irish monks in 800 AD. The round motif in the center depicts four beasts, eight birds, four reptiles and four plants with fruit. Four male figures and eight birds surround the center. The sculpture is carved in red sandstone, painted with handmade oil paints and embellished with 22k gold leaf.