'A Flame for Dunblane' was commissioned by the National Association of Primary Education to create a permanent memorial to celebrate the lives of the 16 children and their teacher who were killed in the Dunblane Massacre. Twenty years later some of the families asked me to return to Dunblane to celebrate the success of the Dunblane Centre, opened ten years ago to support the youth and community of a traumatised town.  'The Tree of Life’ celebrates the Dunblane Centre, the vital living hub of a healing community. The sculpture is a two meter square 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 leaves and flames are cut right through the sculpture allowing light to come through. Seventeen flames are held within the branches, tenderly celebrating the lives of the sixteen children and their teacher lost on March 13th 1996. Leaf motifs reveal the names of some of the generous donors who continue to support the work of the Centre. 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.      

'A Flame for Dunblane' was commissioned by the National Association of Primary Education to create a permanent memorial to celebrate the lives of the 16 children and their teacher who were killed in the Dunblane Massacre.
Twenty years later some of the families asked me to return to Dunblane to celebrate the success of the Dunblane Centre, opened ten years ago to support the youth and community of a traumatised town.

'The Tree of Life’ celebrates the Dunblane Centre, the vital living hub of a healing community.
The sculpture is a two meter square 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 leaves and flames are cut right through the sculpture allowing light to come through. Seventeen flames are held within the branches, tenderly celebrating the lives of the sixteen children and their teacher lost on March 13th 1996. Leaf motifs reveal the names of some of the generous donors who continue to support the work of the Centre.
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.