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FANTASTIC FEEDBACK – SANDWELL SUNFLOWER

7 September 2015

sandwell-sunflower-6Judith Martin, Specialist Nurse Organ Donation, pictured here with Clinical Lead Organ Donation John Bleasdale, just sent us this feedback concerning the project we recently completed for the Sandwell General Hospital in Birmingham, following her trip to the Organ Donation Conference in America.

“The Organ Donation committee at SWBH were privileged to be able to work with Tony and Karen at Hospital Art Studio in the design and installation of the sunflower memorial. The brief was “brief” but they managed to fulfill it and more. I couldn’t have imagined such a small area being filled with such a striking piece of artwork. Its position was not our original choice but actually turned out to be better as it now fills a wall that faces staff and public as they walk the entire length of a long hospital corridor. Before it was white, well, magnolia and boring. Now what faces those on that corridor is a beautiful piece of work with a very simple but poignant message “The Gift of Life” and a much subtler message within that that encourages each and everyone who reads it to consider registering to become an organ donor. I have received such lovely feedback about the memorial and it certainly promotes discussion. I look forward to the possibility of being able to expand this piece of artwork and create an even bigger more beautiful memorial expanded from this original design when we move to our new hospital.”

Thank you very much Jude.

STUNNING SUNFLOWER BRINGS MESSAGE OF ORGAN DONATION TO LIFE

1 May 2015

Karen and Judith Martin, Specialist Nurse Organ DonationThis artwork has now been installed at Sandwell General Hospital in Birmingham and looks absolutely amazing. Just about everyone who passed by as we were overseeing the installation made comment – and all were complimentary!

Installation of the Sandwell Sunflower and SeedsThe three dimensional effect we were trying to achieve by the use of layered circular discs of Perspex has worked perfectly, adding wonderful shifting shadows as you view the artwork from different angles. And the immense scale of the sunflower has already proved to be a crowd stopper!

Have a look in our Gallery page to see more photos and information.

SUNFLOWER ORGAN DONATION ARTWORK

11 March 2015

Since our first Organ Donation ‘Memorial’ for the Royal Berkshire Hospital and subsequently for the Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital and the Wrexham Maelor Hospital both in North Wales, we have had many enquiries to complete projects along a similar vein. I think this is primarily because we had deconstructed the initial brief, turning our clients’ initial directives, that might have resulted in designs for a simple commemoration plaque, into artworks that are inspiring, large scale and beautiful to view.

At the moment we are working on three projects, with a few more still at the initial enquiry stage. This month I have chosen to depict one that is in its final stage, almost ready to go to print. The concept for this project involves the depiction of a large sunflower, those splendid flower heads that infer happiness and resemble the sun – giver of all life, along with its seeds to convey how,

“Seed dispersal is nature’s way of creating and continuing life.”

Gift of Life Sunflower - artist depiction of acrylic layersWhat makes every project so enjoyable to complete is that every one is unique and brings its own restrictions and demands. This particular brief required a design for a piece of art that would be not only eye-catching in its space but also be able to be moved and expanded into a new, brighter and bigger environment in a few years time.

By utilising natural shadows to give a real feeling of depth, the artwork is created on two circular discs of clear acrylic, held apart with stand off wall fixings. The darker sunflower petals and sunflower seeds are reverse printed onto the lower acrylic disc fixed just off the wall, while the brighter sunflower petals and wording are on the upper disc. Sunflower seeds tumble away from this flower, dispersing across the wall, inferring the creation of new life.

Gift of Life Sunflower with seedsIn its new space these seeds will be created from molded ceramics, but for now they will be printed onto self-adhesive vinyl. The sunflower can be simply moved to its new wall space – or we may even create a larger three-dimensional version using treated metals.

We look forward to seeing this artwork completed and installed and will post more details, including where it is situated, when this has been accomplished!