Subscribe

[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]

Subscribe

Subscribe elementum semper nisi. Aenean vulputate eleifend tellus.

Three artists have been working to develop wall based graphic artworks to support the wayfinding strategy developed by the project architects HLM.  Layers of the landscape have been used to create subtle colour themes and waymarking rationale to assist in helping patients and visitors move through the building.

Building floors are denoted as landscape strata with urban as the lowest level and moving up through rural, lochs, mountains and finally sky. Each level and its associated geographical reference have dedicated colours which can be seen within the architecture and landscape design work so tying different elements and the whole building together.

Some of the artists commissioned to create images for the walls and surfaces throughout the building have made work ranging from images featuring Edinburgh’s notable skylines and landmarks to some of the city’s most recognisable surrounding rural areas using bold colours, detailed illustrations and abstract designs.

David Galletly has created monotone and coloured line drawings with a cartoon-like style. His varied subject matter includes buildings, cityscapes, trees and humorous characters. Drawing on the geographical themes, David uses the floor’s designated colour as spot colour through his illustrations. Below is a selection of David’s illustrations for the ground floor urban theme with its yellow accent colour and the first floor rural theme with its green accent colour.

Natasha Russell creates designs using printmaking, painting and drawing methods and her work is focused on landscape- based subject matter with narrative details. Like David’s illustrations, Natasha’s work will feature in wards and departments throughout the building.

Rachel Duckhouse has created geometric works with bold colours, lines, forms and textures using hand printed and printmaking methods. Rachel’s designs will be featured in public corridors, a linked series of graphics highlighting different entrances, seen here in a drawings in context of corridors and windows in the new building.

Spine Wall: Peter Marigold

Designer Peter Marigold has been commissioned to create a unique ‘Spine Wall’ which runs 188m through the hospital, including both outside areas and the main atrium space. The wall is constructed of concrete cast ‘skin textures’ of members of staff and patient volunteers from each of the three units which have been greatly magnified using 3D photography. This will create a fascinating relief to the wall and be an impressive feature through the main atrium.

<back>

Sanctuary Stained Glass: Emma Butler-Cole Aiken

Close up of stained glass by Emma Butler-Cole Aiken. Photo by Chris Scott
Close up of stained glass by Emma Butler-Cole Aiken. Photo by Chris Scott

This project reinterprets the stained glass artwork by artist Emma Butler-Cole Aiken from the original RHSC Sanctuary. Emma has been commissioned to create a new piece, inspired by the first and tailored to the design of the new hospital.

<back>

A Child’s Garden of Dreams: Emma Varley

Example of artwork developed at the RHSC drop in centre. Image by Emma Varley
Example of artwork developed at the RHSC drop in centre. Image by Emma Varley

Emma Varley has been commissioned to reinterpret a stained class piece at the current RHSC, reimagining it within it’s new hospital context. Emma worked with children and family members in the current RHSC to develop the artwork for the new dreamscape proposal. The new artwork will be located in the RHSC and DCN restaurant which is open to all.

<back>

Wall graphics: Alison Unsworth / Rachel Duckhouse / David Galletly / Natasha Russell

David Galletly working in his studio. Image by Lindsay Perth
David Galletly working in his studio. Image by Lindsay Perth

Four artists have been commissioned to create new artworks for display on the walls and surfaces throughout the building. Lead artist Alison Unsworth creates detailed drawings concerned with a range of subject matter including landscape, built environments and wildlife. Rachel Duckhouse creates abstract, geometric artwork with colour, line and form using hand drawing and printmaking methods. David Galletly creates monotone and coloured line drawings with a graphic and cartoon-like style. His varied subject matter includes buildings, cityscapes, trees and humorous characters. Natasha Russell creates designs using printmaking, painting and drawing methods and her work is focused on landscape- based subject matter with narrative details.

<back>

Old to New: Kate Ive (Sculptor) / Emma Dunmore (Researcher) / Joachim King (Cabinet Maker)

Image from Lothian Health Services Archive of a radiologist in heavy lead suit.
Image from Lothian Health Services Archive of a radiologist in heavy lead suit.

The focus of this project is to share the identity, history, and stories of the three institutions as they undergo a transition from their original sites to the new build at Little France. A series of display cases are proposed throughout the building, both to showcase archive and historical material (in conjunction with the Lothian Health Services Archive) alongside newly commissioned work. Researcher Emma Dunmore was commissioned to explore the archival and historical material available and Kate Ive has evolved the project into a series of sculptural artworks which reinterpret the histories and stories of the three hospitals. Joachim King, a cabinet maker, is making the frames into which the artwork will be inserted.

<back>