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Visit the Virtual Trees of Life

Travel may be restricted, museums have restraints in place, but art is the quintessential chameleon – finding a way to touch hearts when it’s needed most. This new virtual reality inspired us to branch out and develop a virtual, panoramic 3D version of the Trees of Life sculpture. Now, you can experience the quaint and picturesque tree-lined “block” from the comfort of your couch (or desk). This interactive experience is an evergreen reminder of our dedication to patients with rare diseases and those who advocate on their behalf. Click on the locks to learn more about each recipient.

A History of Healing & Growth

Greeting visitors at our San Rafael headquarters, the BioMarin Trees of Life sculpture is a steel, waterjet-cut sculpture that was commissioned in 2018 by local artist, Gordon Huether, whose motto “art matters” appears entirely apropos. The installation was inspired by MPS advocate, Isabel Bueso, as well as the Paris’ Pont Des Arts bridge, the world-renowned architectural structure engulfed in padlocks symbolizing visitors’ unyielding love.

Much like this amorous display, the Trees of Life demonstrate our interminable pledge to patients and the communities that support them. Branches are ornamented with heart-shaped locks dedicated to those impacted by mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), phenylketonuria (PKU) or Batten disease – as well those who have made a difference in the development and advancement of disease therapies.

Meet the 2021 Lock Recipients

Meet the eight new faces and families who received a lock during our 2021 Rare Disease Day ceremony.