Gable-end Mural : Design in the Dale

Gable-end Mural, created in consultation with Hospital staff. 

Leverndale Hospital, Glasgow

A Public Art Commission for ‘Design in the Dale’. The Commission brief was to create a series of external art and design interventions to support wayfinding and provide creative experiences for patients and staff when walking the hospital grounds. There are 3 creative elements produced for the Commisison – the seats, the four external hand-made tile installations and here a gable-end mural.

‘Design in the Dale’ is made up of a cross-section of NHS staff, voluntary sector organisations and service user volunteers, who are working to enhance the experience of Leverndale Hospital’s in-patient community by welcoming arts into the hospital and improving the aesthetic appeal of the local environment for all.

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For this Commission, I created a colour palette and design narrative that had a biophilic approach to all the elements. In this way, the art and design interventions encourage a sense of calm and rest by connecting to nature and the natural environment.

For the gable-end mural I wanted a sense of horizon, space and a reassuring landscape and for the building to add depth to the green space it frames. After some consultation with hospital staff, I developed a concept and design for the mural and gave this to illustrator Ursula Bevan Hunter with the overall Commission colour palette. Once Ursula put her fantastic illustrative style onto the design and the gable-end was rendered the mural was ready for the scene painters, Iona Gray and Kate Thwaite to get the design on the rather complex shape of the walls.

The mural is seen from several places and offers a wonderfully positive, uplifting landscape scene.