Photographic mural to be unveiled at St Mary’s Hospital in tribute to NHS heroes

Photographic mural to be unveiled at St Mary’s Hospital in tribute to NHS heroes

28 October 2021

Photographic mural to be unveiled at St Mary’s Hospital in tribute to NHS heroes
A 24-metre photographic tribute to NHS workers will be put on public display at St Mary’s Hospital next year to mark the opening of the Paddington Square development.

Artist Catherine Yass will take over one of the external hospital walls with her photographic mural celebrating NHS staff.

It will be just one of a series of stunning new artworks by internationally renowned artists that will be unveiled alongside the full opening of Paddington Square in 2022.

Other installations will include a five-metre bronze sculpture by Ugo Rondinone and a large experiential artwork by Pae White spanning four levels of the development’s new 14-storey workspace building.

“We hope Yass’s stunning new artwork will serve as a fitting tribute to the extraordinary contribution our NHS colleagues make every day.”

Lucy Zacaria, Head of Arts

Lucy Zacaria, Head of Arts at Imperial Health Charity, was invited to join a panel of leading experts to help select the artists involved in the programme.

She said: “We’re delighted that Catherine Yass’s installation has been selected as part of this major programme of public art commissions. As a proud supporter of the arts in healthcare, we know that bright, colourful and uplifting art can have a transformative effect on the clinical environment and this new work will help to demonstrate the power of art to everyone who visits the hospital.

“When it’s unveiled next year, we hope Yass’s stunning new artwork will serve as a fitting tribute to the extraordinary contribution our NHS colleagues make every day.”

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Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002, Catherine Yass is widely recognised for her distinctive photographic and film-based work, including her wall-mounted light boxes.

The London-based artist’s installation at St Mary’s continues her interest in studying the relationship between public buildings and their occupants, and the documentation of human movement in time and space.

In addition to the works by Yass, Rondinone and White, local contemporary art space The Showroom will commission a series of collaborative murals at Tanner Lane – between Paddington Square and St Mary’s. Each of the murals will respond to the theme of ‘care’, featuring work by artists Kathrin Bohm, Rhea Dillon and Long Distance Press (Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle) over the next three years.

The programme has been led by developer Sellar and curatorial agency Lacuna.

Images: Catherine Yass, Tanner Lane permanent public art commission at Paddington Square - study 2021