c o m m i s s i o n s

John has completed many private and public commissions. His works can be seen internationally and globally.


The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital

The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital has been designed to feature at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, before it is sited at its permanent home at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The new garden will provide a much needed, private and reflective space for parents and families of the children undergoing treatment at the hospital. 

Designer Chris Beardshaw created a rich, green and verdant woodland scheme, sprinkled with pockets of colourful planting, bursting through the tree canopy and perennial understory. John O'Connor adds the finishing touches with his beautiful and lifting sculpture 'Joy' which was especially created to enhance the ambience of the garden for all to enjoy. His seven year old daughter Isla was the inspiration behind  'Joy'.

"The Morgan Stanley Garden for GOSH, now provides families with a much-needed, green, reflective space away from the wards. I was absolutely thrilled to be given this important commission"

Cheltenham Ladies College – 'Joy’

In May 2014, Kitty and Annabel Hatchley were tragically bereaved of their middle sister Emma during her UC5 year, following several weeks in the cardiac intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Emma received exceptional care and a heart transplant, but sadly eventually lost the battle against a very rare auto immune disease, Churg Strauss Syndrome.

Emma’s mother Rhona Batterham (Mrs Hatchley) (1976-1983) and her sisters Kitty (2008-2015) and Annabel (2011-2018) were all in St Margaret’s, and during 2015 we created a rose garden in Emma’s memory between the boarding house and Field, to be enjoyed all year round. As an installation for the main College gardens, the Hatchleys commissioned a sculptural piece inspired by the human figure titled 'Joy’ by John O’Connor which he made for a new courtyard garden space created at Great Ormond Street Hospital and directly visible from the room that was Emma’s ward.

In September, John O’Connor and the Hatchley family invited many friends, staff and pupils to come together for the formal unveiling of this lovely figure, which stands on the lower lawned terrace area near the Music Department, beside the pond and the magnolia tree.

Embodying serenity, peace and gentleness, 'Joy’ is perfectly named and already very well-loved; we hope you will pay her a visit when you are next in College.

Eve Jardine-Young

1988-1990 Elizabeth

Hereford Cathedral - 'Beyond Limitations'

"Beyond Limitations" mixed media iron finish can be seen in the Lady Arbour Cloister Garden at Hereford Cathedral.

Saint James Independant School, London - 'St James Shell'

'Shell' was ca ommission given by Saint James  Independent school. This was a tricky project as all of the rope was intricately hand modelled to fulfil the brief and then meticulously gold leafed..