The brief for the project was to create a calming artwork for this three storey void space, which provides a constant point of interest in the hospital foyer. The work is approximately 12m high x 8m wide. The piece consists of hundreds of individual cast ceramic tiles, each hand glazed.
The entire hospital project included 11 commissioned artworks. It was required that this work be fully integrated into the design of the building, due to its central, high traffic location. The goals were to create a work which seamless integrated into this foyer space, whilst still providing a moment of interest for visitors on a daily basis.
The artist, Ian Dowling, worked closely with the site team of builders and project managers to ensure the wall would be sufficiently engineered to hold the weight of the hundreds of ceramic tiles. Close collaboration was also required with the lighting team to ensure the lighting highlighted the work, without overpowering it.
"Curved rows of textured tiles vary between smooth and rippled generating visual movement across the three storey high stairwell wall in the main reception area. The work evokes a feeling of air or liquid movement, symbolizing breath or heartbeat." - Ian Dowling
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