Nature inspired artwork brings colour to imaging department
06 October 2021
Multi-disciplinary artist Frea Buckler has transformed the area by introducing three murals, 12 bespoke prints and a refreshed design for the walls, cladding and flooring.
Her work, titled ‘Flows’, takes inspiration from the outside world by incorporating a natural colour palette and smooth shapes which seamlessly weave across the artwork.
The new installation is helping to distract and comfort patients receiving PET/CT scans – while also creating an inspiring environment for staff working in the ward.
"I hope it provides some sense of comfort and a feeling that someone has been thinking about [patients and staff] and their experience of the space."
Artist Frea Buckler
"It was a pleasure and privilege to work on this commission, balancing my own creative vision with the needs of the patients and staff that will use the department,” Frea said.
“Mostly I hope it provides some sense of comfort and a feeling that someone has been thinking about them and their experience of the space.
“Thank you to all who helped and enabled this commission to take shape."
PET/CT Modality Lead Luis Alves was involved in bringing the project to life. He introduced the idea to use the space for an art installation as he believes art plays an important role in easing anxiety and stress in patients and staff.
“Frea’s work has transformed a stark clinical environment into a calming, compassionate, caring space,” Luis said.
“The use of curves and muted colours brings a sense of nature into the department that influences the mood of staff and patients.”
PET/CT scans are often used to determine whether a patient has an illness or disease, such as cancer, and its severity. For Luis, it’s vital to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for patients and their families as they wait for their imaging results.
"Hate it or love it, art will make people talk and feel, enhancing emotional engagement in a much-needed clinical environment.”
Luis Alves, PET/CT Modality Lead
“We decided to refurbish the fast-paced PET/CT department to make it feel more homely and less clinical,” Luis said.
“Most of our patients are waiting for news on their illness or worried about the unknown. Having a well-designed space that incorporates art in the environment shows that we care about the patient experiences and that we want them to feel welcomed and bring some brightness to their lives even if they are going through a difficult phase.”
Luis continued: “Art brings people together. That is for me the most important thing about art. Hate it or love it, it will make people talk and feel, enhancing emotional engagement in a much-needed clinical environment.”
Frea Buckler is best known for her abstract screen-prints, sculptures and installations. She has presented solo shows in London with Smithson Gallery and Jealous, and has participated in group shows internationally with galleries including the Royal Academy London and Davidson Gallery, New York. Buckler has been commissioned by organisations including Facebook and the Denver Art Museum, her work is held in the collections of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Warwick and the National Archives of Ireland.
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