Client: Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, funded by Guy's & St Thomas' Charity
Artists: Angela Bulloch, Daniel Silver, Gitta Gschwendtner, Karel Martens, Mariele Neudecker
Partners: AECOM, Arup, Laing O'Rourke, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Stantec Location: London
Services: Cultural Placemaking, Healthcare, Strategy
Futurecity’s Arts Programme for the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital brings together the internationally acclaimed artists Daniel Silver, Gitta Gschwendtner, Angela Bulloch, Karel Martens and Mariele Neudecker. The artists consulted with the design team, staff and patients to produce works that respond to the building’s award-winning design and service ethos.
The Arts Programme aims to transform the experience of those undergoing cancer treatment through high-quality, specially commissioned culture. It has been informed by a large body of evidence suggesting that art can contribute to better health and wellbeing; helping reduce stress, aid recovery and reduce the length of hospital stays.
Daniel Silver, Boat 2016: The Roman boat (AD 190-225) buried almost five metres beneath the Cancer Centre is the inspiration for this 3m bronze sculpture which stands at the entrance.
Mariele Neudecker, Hanging Gardens:Parallel Lives_1.39m, 9.78m, 22.59m, 30.79m, 37.26m, and 42.0m, 2016: Audio-visual artwork inside the lifts invokes the internal growth patterns of a stable rainforest as a parallel to the dense ‘urban jungle’ of Central London. The journey takes passengers from deep in the forest floor through the dense layers of forest, to above the jungle canopy.
Gitta Gschwendtner, Genius Loci, 2016: Furniture scheme, which includes tall- backed seating clusters that provide privacy while providing a striking addition to the building’s iconic architecture, and ‘welcome’ tables and chairs that break up the traditional reception desk model.
Angela Bulloch, Radiance, 2016: Light sculptures, which hang within the double or triple height spaces of each main village atria. The sculptures perform ‘visual music’, running through the building.
Karel Martens, The Mountain, 2016: Inspired by Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, the lift lobby walls are covered in fragments of mountain landscapes, using the artist’s signature technique of transforming images into patterns of coloured pixels. Acclaimed design consultancy Pentagram art directed this graphic piece.
“It is a privilege for us to have worked with world-class artists on a patient-led arts programme for our new Cancer Centre."