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NEARLY ALL COMPLETE!

3 June 2016

Birds-galore!Here are a few more birds ready for installation.

Dunlin-in-Aged-BrassThis bird is a Dunlin produced in an Aged Brass finish.

Little-Tern-in-Aged-SteelAnd this delicate little bird is a Little Tern created in Aged Steel

BIRDS OF THE ESTUARY ARE GETTING READY FOR FLIGHT!

30 May 2016

Brent-Geese-in-Aged-Copper-and-Rusted-SteelWe visited our specialist print and installation partners, Digital Plus, the other day to check out the progress of our ‘Birds of the Estuary’ organ donor artwork. Everything looked pretty impressive! The installation will feature over 100 birds all uniquely cutout in a variety of metal finishes – a massive undertaking! This will easily be our largest organ donation project to date! Eight varieties of estuary birds have been chosen ranging in size from Swallows and Dunlin up to the largest, the Little Egret.

Cutout-Lettering-in-Aged-BrassAnd, as you can see from the above photo, the “Gift of Life’ lettering is also very big! Every element, apart from the supplementary wording, is to be fixed with varying sized stand off fixings to give an added sense of depth! The installation will start in just over a weeks time and take over two days to complete. We will post the name of the hospital, photos and lots of other information on our return.

Brent-Goose-in-Rusted-Steel

ORGAN DONATION DANDELION ART NOW INSTALLED AND OFFICIALLY OPENED AT DERRIFORD HOSPITAL, PLYMOUTH

9 December 2015

Gift of Life Dandelion Seedheads close-upThis past weekend, whilst other parts of the country were suffering floods, we spent a very enjoyable time in and around Plymouth. This was not simply a weekend break though, as part of the time was spent in the main entrance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The reason we were in Plymouth was to oversee the installation of our latest organ donation art that began on Friday morning – with much excited eagerness on our part!

Installation of Plymouth Organ Donation ArtHuge thanks go to the installation team, whose composed attention to detail and expertise takes the pressure out of what could be a very stressful situation. Even when everything has been planned meticulously, spares have to be in supply just in case slight, at the last minute, amendments need to be made!

Plymouth Hospital Seedheads close-upEven though we have viewed the artwork on computer many times, Photoshopping the design onto images of the hospital wall, the final scale just takes our breath away! And indeed the comments we received from many people passing along the corridor showed they felt the same way! It is at times like these that we both feel extremely elated that as artists we are doing all we can to bring the message of organ donation to life, whilst at the same time creating a stunning piece of art for all to appreciate.

Plymouth Organ Donation Art Unveiling EventMonday morning was the inauguration ceremony led by Martin Walker, Chair of the PHNT Organ Donation Committee, who said: “The Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust Organ Donation Committee wished to formally and publicly acknowledge the profound generosity of organ donors, and their families who so kindly supported their decision, by commissioning a suitable piece of art.”

Sean Carey, Principal Clinical Scientist in the Combined Labs at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, donated a kidney to his older brother Julian in June 2013. He said: “From the donor’s point of view it is such a safe thing to do and there is no change in lifestyle. From the recipient’s point of view my brother has just come back from a two week holiday which he would not have been able to have before the transplant and he is in full time work which was severely curtailed previously by dialysis three times a week and periods of illness.”

Showing the scale of the new Plymouth Organ Donation ArtAnd Tony, while being interviewed for ITV West Country News, said: “The design provides a strong metaphor for survival – the dandelion seed heads being nature’s timepiece and the seeds themselves leading to regeneration, restoration and the continuation of life. It will provide a focus of attention in the main concourse and be a fitting tribute and recognition of the generosity contained within the act of organ donation.”

GIFT OF LIFE – DANDELION CLOCKS

1 December 2015

Steel-seeds-all-sizesVisiting our specialist print and installation partners, Digital Plus, to go through final checks means that our latest arts project is only days away from being unveiled! The process to get to this stage is very enjoyable and comprehensive.

It all starts with the concept, this is my realm, whereby I try not to think about how ideas can be achieved, just be as creative as possible. I think this is why Tony and I work so well together, pushing the creative boundaries to their furthest point.

Steel-seeds-circle-styleTony then takes control, liaising with the printers, making exacting calculations, choosing just the right materials and colours, and at all times communicating with the client to check they are perfectly happy and that the space and all walls can contain the fixtures and fittings.

We then work closely with our partners and collaborators, who suggest alternatives when a process is unfeasible to create a beautifully finished end result that resembles the original design concept as closely as possible. And of course there is the upcoming installation! We work with specialists in this field for their expertise, attention to detail and care for safety procedures.

Karen van de Bospoort

METAL SEED ART – INSTALLATION EARLY DECEMBER 2015

18 November 2015

Metal-Seed-PrototypeHere are the first prototypes for our latest organ donation artwork. This project is well underway and due for installation early December 2015.

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.

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!