A spectacular 20 foot (6m) long wall mosaic, designed to recognise the act of kindness of those who donate their organs, has been unveiled at Colchester General Hospital.
The Organ Donation Committee at the hospital commissioned the artwork, which is called The Gift of Life.
It has been created by Colchester-based sculptor and mosaic artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding and incorporates a poem by Wivenhoe-based poet and musician Martin Newell.
Based on the Essex coastline with its rivers and estuaries, The Gift of Life is made from fragments from hundreds of items of crockery as well as jewellery, buttons and beach glass donated by people from all over north east Essex.
Anne chose the coastline as symbolic of the river of life.
The ebb and flow of the tide, like breathing, is about giving and receiving – which is exactly what organ donation is.
The artwork incorporates some of the features and wildlife of north east Essex, including a seagull, hare, avocet, heron and two brent geese.
She said: “It has been a wonderful project to be a part of.”