National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

A Cycle of Life


Type Other

     Series of stained glass images above hospital foyer.
     Taken from information leaflet on artworks at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital: Peter Sutton 'As you enter the circular foyer from the main hospital entrance and look straight upwards you will see a group of green and white images. The central figure could be seen as a carer, doctor or nurse, and this image represents nurture, the healing, mending and caring of people. The contours and lines either side of the figure evoke the landscape of Glamorgan, and are repeated throughout the frieze. Moving the eye clockwise round, you will see the next group of yellow and white images. The central figure suggests a pregnant woman, representing birth and the beginning of life. The maternity ward of the hospital lies in this direction. Moving further around towards the exit of the hospital you will see the white and violet images. The figure in the centre is of a young boy (with a cap), representing youth. He is embarking upon the journey of life. The hands reaching out to him are a sign of guidance, care and protection. Moving around to the final group of blue and white images, you will see that the central panel is without a figure. The pair of hands that are reaching down from the top symbolize faith, and refer to something beyond life. There are 4 cycles and four colours in the frieze, as there are 4 main points on a compass, 4 elements and 4 seasons.'

Related works : For other works at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, see RCT038, 039, 041 and 042.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Sutton, Peter Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
A Cycle of Life Glass None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Ynysmaerdy
Precise location Above circular foyer leading in from main entrance to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design 2000-2001
Year of unveiling 2001
Unveiling details Artworks at hospital officially 'opened' on 10 July 2001
Commissioned by Royal Glamorgan Hospital via Cywaith Cymru
Duty of care Royal Glamorgan Hospital (Pontypridd & Rhondda NHS Trust)
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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