Early on Friday morning I made my way down to the Hospital to meet with Kat the Arts Officer and the installation team from Harrison Signs who I’d chosen to install the panels. I’ve worked with Harrisons on lots of different projects before and many of them for the Hospital, so I knew I could trust them with my precious panels!
I was so excited to see the panels again but as usual I was feeling nervous too in anticipation of whether the staff at the Hospital would like them as much as I did.
There were two panels and a sign in total to be installed. The corridor is very long and the intention of the panels was to try and break up the long and often anxious walk down to the reception desk and provide a point of interest along the way. The design I created was to compliment the surface pattern designs already on the windows in the corridor which I had designed on a previous project.
The red colour on the walls was already there when I first went to discuss the project so I was conscious it was something I wanted to work with and use it to enhance the designs, which was the main thinking and decision making about going for laser cut metal rather than digitally printed artworks.
Once the first panel was up I began to relax a little as I could see it fitted in beautifully in it’s new surroundings and looked great against the red! Already the staff were coming to have a look and saying how pleased they were with it, phew! This first panel faces the windows that have the surface pattern on them, so there was plenty of light in this area of the corridor. The two panels are slightly different, in that this first one has birds that feature in the design.
The second panel to go up was nearer the reception desk and slightly larger. This panel didn’t feature the birds but had slightly more of the flowers, leaves and butterflies on it which made it feel more detailed.
I love how, from a distance, the panels almost look like lace or crochet with all the interconnecting pieces of design flowing from one section to the other and then on closer inspection you can find little details like pretty butterflies perching on the different flowers which appear to be dancing about. I wanted to include as much detail as possible without the design appearing to busy. What do you think?
I even love how the shadows behind the actual laser cut metal give the panels added depth and the pretty patterns it creates on the walls behind.
And finally it was time to put the sign up. Although it was purely intended as signage, I wanted to show as much thought had gone into it as the panels. So, although I had to keep it far more simple, I included a small flower motif and butterfly in the corner of it.
But before I went, I couldn’t resist getting a photo of my name, laser cut out of the metal, which I’d included on both of the panels. Well a painter always signs their work don’t they?
I loved working on this commission for so many reasons; the environment that the work was intended for, the lovely staff and project team and the fact I got to work in laser cut metal again. If you’d like to see more of my larger commissions, including more metal work designs then you can see it here and here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out more about the project and all the pictures I’ve shared. I’d love to hear what you think of the panels and the design work and what your thoughts are on using art and design to enhance the patients and visitors experience of Hospitals. Let me know in the comments below!