With the purpose of paying homage to Doctor Salvador Zubirán, founder of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition and in recognition to his work in the Mexican public health sector, the artist Sebastián created in 1996 the sculpture “Tribute to Salvador Zubirán” inspired by the trees of life typical of the Mexican craftsmanship tradition. The artistic piece is six meters high and is located at the main entrance of the Institute.
On the day of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute, that is on June 27 ,1996 (October 12,1946) the artistic piece was disclosed by doctor Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Minister of Public Health at the time by Doctor Donato Alarcón Segovia , General Director of the Institute (1992-2002) and by Doctor Salvador Zubirán Anchondo.
Under the conception of perfection in the creation of the human being and his spiritual balance, idea shared by both Doctor Zubirán and Sebastián; the artist expressed in this piece of art the unity of space and time between the human being and the universe.
The sculpture was sponsored by donations. A group of people expressed their desire to purchase a replica of the sculpture in a smaller size. The artist Sebastián agreed to produce a limited edition of 25 sculptures signed and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Each sculpture measures 80 cm. height.