St Joseph’s Home for Chronically  Ill Children in Montana, is currently completing huge renovations to its wards and premises in excess of R40 million. One of the main intentions is to create child friendly wards which will enhance the process of healing. Two women from the southern suburbs have taken on the challenge to create an artwork which adds to the homely atmosphere. Ms Thea Patterson, director at St Joseph’s commissioned mosaic artist, Michelle Macleod-Smith to design an appropriate mural which could be enjoyed by the patients, parents and staff alike. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do,” Michelle says.

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Tree of Life

She started in June and worked for just more than nine weeks on the “Tree of Life”. She has created a tree of no less than 206 individual leaves, sparkling with a variety of colours and designs. Each leaf is different and represents the uniqueness of every child  the we care for. Michelle has been a mosaic artist for the past 11 years.

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