Birth, growth, decay and death are all dictated by time which is the overarching theme in this painting. The snake eating its own tail is the universal visual representation of rebirth and destruction- ‘ouroboros’ as it is more commonly known. The figure is becoming a statue, which is starting to decay and age. The hour glass and the skull represent time and death and the flowers and foliage growth and rebirth. The painting is a continuous cycle from a macro and micro point of view- an extension of ‘ouroboros’.