Tree of Life History

The Tree of Life is a universal motif found in nearly every ancient culture...
Michael Kusz


The Tree of Life was sculpted by Michael Kusz, a North Yorkshire artist. The copper-clad steel tree is more than two metres high and has a six metre spread. The sculpture was split into nine pieces for transport and assembly at the hospice in the summer of 2007.

Wakefield Hospice is eternally grateful to a donor who wishes to remain anonymous and commissioned Michael on our behalf.

‘A universal motif found in many ancient cultures, the Tree of Life is a symbol of spiritual nourishment, enlightenment, and the unity of heaven and earth. The 12 branches on this sculpture of memories symbolise the zodiac as well as the months of the year. The sycamore tree is known for growing where other trees fail. Its ability to shed its bark and reveal new growth makes it a symbol of perseverance and vitality.’ 
Michael Kusz, Sculptor

We are always grateful for any support we receive and would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their contributions to enable the launch of the Tree of Life initiative.

Miller Homes - providing the concrete base, off-road forklift and man power

Marshalls - donating the block paving to help landscape the area

Travis Perkins - donating and supplying base materials for the paving

MTS Bobcat - providing a mini digger and driver

Halifax Bank - employee time

Hospice Volunteers - time and efforts

Best Training - skilled labour to lay flags and block paving 

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