A permanent legacy recognising the positive contributions volunteers, supporters and staff have made to the creation and life of The Centre. Unveiled by Lorraine Kelly during our Tenth Anniversary celebrations, it is a large (put in actual size?)circular wooden sculpture which graces the entrance of The Centre. The ‘Tree of Life’ was created by Walter Bailey who also sculpted ‘The Flame for Dunblane’ as a memorial to the Dunblane victims (situated at Conkers Visitor Attraction in the National Forest in Derbyshire). http://www.visitconkers.com
Walter Bailey adds his own thoughts:
“'The Tree of Life’ celebrates the Dunblane Centre, the vital living hub of a healing community."
“The sculpture is a two meter wide wall-mounted relief carving, carved with a chainsaw and chisels, scorched by fire, then worked by hand to reveal the striking wood grain."
“Motifs of flames are cut right through the sculpture allowing light to come through. These seventeen flames are held within the branches, tenderly celebrating the lives of the sixteen children and their teacher lost on March 13th 1996. With the 'Tree of Life' I wanted to honour the work of the many people who have given so much in order to create the thriving community that is the Dunblane Centre.”