A hospital is not a fun place for anyone, especially not for kids. Hospitals have certain smells, sounds, and sights that make it difficult to feel comfortable hanging out there. Regardless, some children spend a considerable amount of time trapped behind hospital walls. London Children’s Hospital has officially done something to make any time spent in the hospital far more enjoyable.
A British arts organization known as Vital Arts is currently working to introduce art into Britain’s hospitals. As a result of their efforts, the interior of London Royal Children’s Hospital is now full of bright colors and inspirational art work.
Artists used vinyl, wood, ceramics, fun rugs, and plenty splashes of color to liven up typically depressing hospital spaces. The hospital is now a vibrant place that radiates with life and fun, making the hospital a much more exciting place to hang out and heal.
Haematology (Ward 7F) by Donna Wilson
“One of the most important things for me was to make the hospital not feel like a hospital. I wanted the patients, parents and nurses all to feel relaxed, happy and stimulated by the environment that surrounds them and by using design you can lift the mood and well-being of the people there.”
The goal was to create welcoming spaces where parents and children could relax despite being in a hospital environment. Donna Wilson, along with the 14 other artists, more than succeeded.
Many parents and children have come forth, commenting on how much friendlier, and happier the hospital feels now. Making all of the hard work these artists contributed very worthwhile.
Trauma and Gastroenterology (Wing 7D) by Morag Myerscough
“The piece has a huge amount of references that had been embedded in my memory for many years and came out all together at one time. So there are elements of circus, organic, art deco, Asian culture, Victorian architecture and the list goes on so a real mash-up that came out of my head onto paper and then onto the walls.”
Pediatric Assessment and Short Stay Unit (Ward 7C (B)) by Chris Haughton
Instead of number the rooms like a typical hospital, artist Chris Haughton used different animals to represent each room.
“In the corridors, vinyl is used to create a gathering of life-sized animals including a dinosaur peering down from the ceiling, all looked after by a monkey dressed as a doctor.”
Respiratory (Ward 7E) by Miller Goodman, 2014
“Wood is a traditional warm medium that soulfully ages softening with play. It is traditional and always evokes childhood memories of play. We hope that the mix of bright vinyl colours and wooden characters encourages and entertains the child as well as wishes them a speedy recovery.”
Elevator Lobbies by Katharine Morling
Inside the elevators you will find a dreamlike world that resembles everyday reality.
“Ceramicist Katharine Morling spent six-weeks on children’s wards working with patients to create sketchbooks recalling favourite memories and treasured toys. Morling then used these sketchbooks to develop porcelain sculptures for her commission for the new children’s hospital.”
Throughout All Wards By Doran
“A seminal moment for me was when a three-year-old girl stopped crying the moment she saw the curtains, pointing excitedly to the hidden cats and rabbits. That’s when I knew my design had worked.”
Pediatric Critical Care (Ward 6c) by Tord Boontje
Hidden within these drawings are endless details. Every day you are sure to discover something new you never noticed before, and since hospital stays can drag on for days, weeks, and even years, this is greatly appreciated by patients.
Activity Space (7th Floor) by Cottrell, Vermeulen and Morag Myerscough
Photo Credit: vitalarts.com