‘And on the third day’ remembers lost children
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  • Brian Robinson, And on the third day flowering plants sprung from the earth, 2019. Photo: CREATIVEMOVE
  • Brian Robinson, And on the third day flowering plants sprung from the earth, 2019. Photo: CREATIVEMOVE
  • Brian Robinson, And on the third day flowering plants sprung from the earth, 2019. Photo: Queensland Children's Hospital
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During 2018 and 2019, CREATIVEMOVE worked in close collaboration with artist Brian Robinson, Queensland Children’s Hospital Arts Program Manager Lynne Seear, and the Metro North Queensland Health team to deliver an important memorial artwork, And on the third day flowering plants sprung from the earth.

The artwork was commissioned to honour the children who died at the former Royal Children’s Hospital during its 130-year history, from its early beginnings in 1883 as the Hospital for Sick Children until its closure in November 2014.

According to Robinson, “The circular blooms eternally interconnected in this sculpture reference flower wreaths laid in loving memory at funeral ceremonies as well as the mandorla—an ancient symbol signifying divine light and sacred moments which transcend space and time. The sculpture has been created with aluminium and automotive paint.”

The artwork includes the inscription “over mountains and under the sea, we’ll find some dreams for you and me”, which featured in one of the much-loved murals that covered the walls inside the former hospital. These words are a reminder that art helps us to imagine places that bring joy even during the hardest times.

A ceremony was held for the work in March, with Children’s Health Queensland and Metro North Hospital and Health Service coming together with families of children who passed away at the former Royal Children’s Hospital to dedicate the memorial in their honour.

It is hoped that And on the third day flowering plants sprung from the earth and its peaceful garden setting will offer a quiet, reflective space for families and friends to remember their loved ones. All families, friends and hospital staff are welcome to visit the artwork, which can be found on Fig Tree Drive in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital precinct.

Brian Robinson and CREATIVEMOVE would like to thank Lynne Seear, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Stainless Aesthetics, RJ Works, and DCO Consulting.