Category Archives: video

Jason Bruges Nature Trail installation for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

London based lighting designer Jason Bruges created the above interactive installation, made with over 72,000 LED lights embedded in a custom printed hospital-grade wallpaper, for a 165 ft long corridor leading to the operating rooms at the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

From Bruges’s website:

“The brief was to design and install a distraction artwork helping to create a calming yet engaging route that culminates in the patient’s arrival at the anesthetic room. Inspiration came from the idea of viewing the patient journey as a ‘Nature Trail’, where the hospital walls become the natural canvas, with digital look out points that reveal the various ‘forest creatures’, including horses, deer, hedgehogs, birds and frogs, to the passerby…. The LED panels are embedded into the wall surface at various heights in order to be accessible to the eye levels and positions of patients traveling along the corridors. Across these digital surfaces abstracted ‘animal movements’ are recreated as interactive animated patterns of light which reveal themselves through the trees & foliage of the forest.”


Bridget Duffy Experia Health

Rock Health presents an insightful talk by Bridget Duffy of Experia Health,  a leading patient experience design. Dr Duffy is an engaging speaker and I find her to be one of the most relateable, convincing advocates for humanizing the healthcare experience.

The new Johns Hopkins Hospital building

An interesting video that provides an introduction to the extensive art program incorporated in the new John Hopkins hospital building, the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Over 70 artists have created over 500 works for the new space, funded largely by Michael Bloomberg. It’s great that such a high profile institution has an entire website devoted to the arts program in their new facility, and exciting to see a major philanthropist so prominently involved in a project to include art in a healthcare space. A nice overview is available via a Bloomberg press release here. And a short summery, from the project’s flickr page:

– A massive exterior work by Spencer Finch, who transformed the glass and steel curtain wall enclosure of the 1.5 million-square-foot building into a shimmering composition of color and light.

– 11 super-sized sculptures by set designer Robert Israel

– unique window shades by Jim Boyd, inspired by Baltimore’s folk tradition of painting door and window screens

– a few hundred works of art inspired by beloved children’s books, providing “medicine for the soul.”

– a few hundred works of art inspired by nature and the garden.

And a few highlights:


The largest work of art in the building is a shimmering glass curtain wall that envelops the exterior of the 11.5 million-square-foot facility. Artist Spencer Finch’s composition of color and light features a carefully distilled palette of 26 shades inspired by Monet's garden in Giverny.

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Mickey Smith

Projectione at Riley Hospital for Children

Indianna Design/Fabrication Studio Projectione recently completed a large-scale installation at the still-under-construction Simon Family Tower at the Riley Hospital for Children. The video above chronicles the installation, and provides fun insight into the complexities of actually installing such an ambitious element in a project. The Sunrise installation covers 768 feet of the first floor atrium and includes over 3800 unique components making up the image and surface, each with a different color, scale, and distance from the wall. From Projectione’s press release:

The Riley Sunrise aims at representing imagery at multiple scales for all audiences. The vibrancy of the colors and symbolism of each shape or “pixel” speaks to the child, peaking their interest and lifting their spirits. The complexity and patterns generated speak to all generations and encourage discussion and interpretation. Our concept is an abstraction of an image into its main colors and uses graphic symbols as the representation of each pixel. Each symbol is independently mounted and varies its distance from the wall, creating a three dimensional graphic that is read from across the room and up close. Because of the 3D variation, the graphic will visually change as users walk by and can be experienced differently each time….Our hope is that these super-graphics can serve as a pleasant distraction for visitors of the hospital and lead to discussions that can re-focus a conversation towards something positive and uplifting.


(via archdaily)

HDR Evidence Based Design videos

Consulting and design firm HDR has an informative series of three videos tackling the basics of evidence based design in a lively and accessible way with a focus on specific applications of ideas in three different hospitals. The videos can’t be embedded in this blog, but click through to their website and have a peek. Their projects strive to give patients control through bedside remotes managing temperate and window-shades, minimize disruption in rooms by allowing staff to re-stock supplies from the outside hallway via a storage closet with doors to both the hallway and the room, as well reduce noise levels through design and simple interventions like requiring staff to keep their cell phones on vibrate. All in all it’s less than ten minutes of footage and a really nice introduction to practical applications of evidence based design from a more strategic planning perspective.

Video: Art program at Capital Health’s Hopewell Campus

Screenshot from the PBS short documentary

Here’s a link to a 10 minute video piece about developing an arts program at the new Capital Health Medical Center’s Hopewell Campus. The short documentary was shown on New Jersey PBS’s State of the Arts TV show. The synopsis:

Art is part of the healing experience at the Capital Health Medical Center in Mercer County, NJ. Lin Swensson, breast cancer survivor and art consultant, is uniquely qualified for the job. Over four years, Swensson worked closely with doctors, staff, the architectural firm, and the community to commission original art from local area artists, including artist/architect/designer Michael Graves.

The art program includes 800 works of art by nearly 70 local artists, and is part of an overall scheme to “put an emphasis on creating a stylish and soothing health environment that resembles an upscale hotel rather than a sterile hospital” according to an article on, which also quotes Larry DiSanto, Capital Health’s executive vice president as explaining “‘When people walk in we want them to say, ‘I can’t believe this is a hospital.”