A commission for Vital Arts to provide a permanent solution to create privacy in the new wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts), London.
The rooms are overlooked from across a narrow alley by the offices of the Bank of America. Our aim was to create a permanent treatment of the windows that would provide privacy and at the same time a level of transparency to still enjoy a view from the inside. The facade is 108 metres long and 8 storeys high. 300 windows had to be treated, including 240 windows of wards.
The pattern is a mix of 24 different herbs and plants with medicinal qualities: from Arnica to Rosemary and Dandelion to Lavender.
I set out to create a pattern for the windows that would make you feel good about being in the rooms. The herbs add a botanical, floral and healing quality to the space.
Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, East London, who commission art to improve the hospital environment for patients.
2014 • Vital Arts