Besides from being a very nice and inspirational man, Brian Chapman is also the director of Lime, an Arts in Health organisation in the Manchester area. You can listen to what he has to say about Arts & Health over the years, by clicking here.
Evelina Children's Hospital is a wonderful place in London. What's more, Hopkins Architects managed to construct it at the same cost per square foot as any of the other mediocre to down-right awful healthcare institutions.
It makes you wonder, especially if you know that the architects had no previous experience in designing a hospital.
Have a further read here www.hughpearman.com/articles5/evelina.html. It is a very interesting commentary. Or watch the interview with RIBA below.
There are more of these wonderful buildings out there. I used to work at the Central Manchester and Manchester Chrildren's University Hospitals (UK). Their new hospital is equally amazing and they run a very good Arts & Health programme by Lime Art.
If you know of any other great hospitals, please tell us. You can leave your thoughts in the comment section or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who has a heart is an amazing interactive light sculpture, by Andrew Small & Steven Almond, in front of the Central Manchester Foundation Trust. (Manchester Hospital on Oxford Road)
... The work as a whole alludes to a simple, precious and fascinating human commonality: the beat of the heart.
The work uses digital lighting, medical monitoring equipment and control devices that gives the work different aspects. At rest it breaths a blue light, interacted with it becomes a heart rate monitor, on the hour it is a clock and two infrared beams set into the landscape design trigger two other moving sequences when tripped.
(quote taken from Andrew Small's website, click here.)
If you are ever in Manchester, go and have a look! And whilst you there check out the new hospital as well. It is very impressive.
More info you can find on Lime's website, click here.
This video is taken from Vimeo, click here.
Tell me and I will forget;
show me and I may remember;
involve me and I will understand.
Old Chinese Proverb