Quail and Monkey Branch, Circular Path, Tree of Life © Lena Wolff 2015, hand-built and hand-carved ceramics, Family Birth Center, Maternal & Child Health Floor 2, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco CA
Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission
Photos: Bruce Damonte and Nan Park
“In planning the project, I wanted to make images that would be uplifting and enchanting for children, families and everyone working in the hospital in a potentially stressful situation.”, Wolff said.
“In one piece, in particular, a large maternal-looking quail, the state bird of California, leans down lovingly toward a very small monkey on a branch. There’s a familial connection between them, even though they are different species. This was just one of the ways that I wanted the works to potentially portray nontraditional family structures and relationships.”