"Tree of Life" at Brightview West End, Rockville Maryland
The “Tree of Life” permanent public art installation was conceived, designed, and produced by lead artist Sally Wern Comport in collaboration with ArtWalk, The Shelter Group, Hord Coplan Macht Archictecture, VisArts, and the City of Rockville to designate Brightview West End as a vibrant senior living community within the cultural hub of downtown Rockville. 62 artists– local and international, young and old, professional and amateur, and many residents of Brightview communities up and down the Eastern U.S.– all contributed their hand and vision to the images texturizing the overall 6-story piece of art. Like pieces stitched together in a quilt, the Art tells the larger story of the “Tree of Life,” given its richness of meaning from the many diverse, life-affirming, restorative symbols and scenes “stitched” throughout. The universal symbol of the tree is meant as a metaphor of the connectedness of the family of man and the seasons of life we share as a whole Community.