South Yorkshire expertise enhances hospital in Devon

South Yorkshire laser expert Cutting Technologies has helped to create a fitting tribute to organ donors and their families.

The Gift of Life Flower Seed Head has been designed by Leeds-based Hospital Art Studio and takes centre stage at the main entrance to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, and is a reminder of the importance of organ donations.

Made from a combination of stainless steel and acrylic, the design symbolises the regeneration of life, and represents those who have given and benefitted from organ donations.

Barnsley-based Cutting Technologies was instructed by leading graphic manufacturer, Digital Plus, to laser cut several dispersed seeds as well as three complete seed heads.

Jane Robinson, director of Cutting Technologies said: “We’re proud that we’ve been involved in creating such an emotive piece of art and we hope the design will lift the spirits of hospital visitors. “The intricate designs of this project lend themselves perfectly to laser cutting and the finished product is really eye catching.”

Karen and Tony van de Bospoort of Hospital Art Studio added: “The design provides a strong metaphor for survival – the dandelion seed heads being nature’s timepiece and the seeds themselves leading to regeneration, restoration and the continuation of life. It will provide a focus of attention in the main concourse and be a fitting tribute and recognition of the generosity contained within the act of organ donation.”