The rod of Asclepius is the most prominent symbol of healthcare, healing and medicine in the modern world. Its origins, however, can be traced back to Greek mythology and represents the medical prowess of the demi-God Asclepius, who was known for his healing powers. Artist Ovidiu Kloska marries these two worlds to create his visually stunning interpretation of this symbol that was commissioned by Art-ma.
The rod of Asclepius includes two elements. The staff, which is a symbol of authority and a serpent coiled around it. According to Greek mythology, Asclepius got his medical knowledge through whispering snakes, who have the ability to shed their skin and emerge healthier than before. They, therefore, represent rebirth and rejuvenation. Snake venom is also poisonous and can prove to be fatal. The rod of Asclepius, therefore, represents the dual nature of the work that a physician does – he deals with sickness and health, life and death. The rod of Asclepius has become even more popular thanks to modern medicine that uses it as a symbol of healing.
The artist centres his piece around the rod of Asclepius, and surrounds it with what can be interpreted as the inner workings of the human body, brought to life with a mix of colours that include a frantic white, a cool blue, a fiery red and a warm purple. The arterial walls and veins are clearly visible in the background of the rod of Asclepius. This is a living being that is in need of help. This piece can therefore be interpreted as a reminder of the larger illness that plagues humanity that must be healed and rejuvenated in order to restore balance within it and around it. With this artwork, you are giving yourself a chance to welcome the rejuvenating and healing powers of the rod of Asclepius into the sacred spaces that bless your home or workplace.