Roost, a hundred birds,the atrium, Alder Hey.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool - October 2015
The new Liverpool children’s hospital (BDP architects) opened in October 2015 .The children moved from the old hospital next door, through a tunnel and into the light and airy atrium of the new building. The hospital sits in a park and the design from the start has been inspired by nature. All the bed rooms look down in to the park and the green planted roofs rise up from the ground integrating the building in to the land scape. A children and young people’s group has been involved throughout this design process.
For the past couple of years I have been the lead artist at the hospital creating art works, designs and graphics for the hospital environment – ‘I see these fantastical ‘beings’ ,birds and animals I have created inhabiting the hospital, as if the people have left and they are running, climbing ,sitting and roosting in the spaces.’
The art works
Roost – one hundred birds - A hundred individually created birds and characters perching on twelve six meter ‘pine needles’ which are suspended in the four storey atrium - Inspired by the birdlife on the Wirral and the pine forest of Formby.
Entrance way concrete wall relief - 20 meter wall with integrated cast concrete reliefs of plants and creatures, as if fossils caught in the ‘rock’.
Bronze animals and imagined beings - Situated on benches in the atrium, and in the entrance plaza.
Alder Hey textile design - Curtain design for the wards.
Glass Balustrades - glass design depicting plants and characters for walkways and balcony balustrade’s.
Way finding graphics
Hi Vis Dog
Birds from Roost
Roost , a hundred birds
Bird in studio
Roost - a hundred birds
Bird during installation of 'roost'
Bronze fox on bench
Bronze fox on a bench in atrium, Alder Hey
Lift sign , Alder Hey
Bronze 'being' at Alder Hey
Curtain details for Alder Hey
Concrete wall reliefs