In keeping with the values and mission of Ottawa’s paramedics, artists Jean Halstead and Svetlana Swinimer designed a sculpture with three symbols: a staff, a snake and wings.
- The staff stands for the unwavering ethics of medical providers
- The snake represents wisdom and knowledge
- The wings stand for urgent action
Alipes is a Latin word meaning “wing-footed.” The wings, composed of two steel plates welded together, form a folded map of Ottawa, referencing the reach and impact of the Ottawa Paramedic Service. The fold of the wings is at the same angle as the prow of the Headquarters building. This feature reiterates the spirit of readiness and motion expressed in the architecture of the building.
As stated by the artists, "the goal of [the] work is to focus public attention on the mission of the Ottawa Paramedic Service by interpreting the symbols of the organization. In their emblem of staff, snake and wings, the Ottawa Paramedic Service has combined elements of the Aesculapian staff and the caduceus."