Friday 17 September 2021
A specially commissioned sculpture by celebrated local artist Hiromi Tango has been chosen as the centrepiece artwork for the new $673.3 million Tweed Valley Hospital.
The large sculpture GARDEN , will be suspended from the ceilings of the main hospital foyer to give the new hospital a unique and distinctive identity.
Health Infrastructure Executive Director Amanda Bock said Ms Tango’s sculpture was selected from 22 expressions of interest, whose arts uses metaphors from the natural world to represent brain processes.
“GARDEN explores the healing properties of flora, including the medicinal and nutritional properties,” Ms Bock said.
“It looks at the natural phenomena of regenerative processes and how art can be good for the soul – this is particularly important in helping to lift the spirits of patients and their families.
“It will also bring the outdoors inside, reflecting the natural environment of the Tweed Valley region.”
Artist, Ms Tango said she hopes the sculpture will bring a sense of peace, calm and comfort to the hospital.
“For many, a hospital visit may involve uncertainty, which can be difficult to deal with. I hope that through bringing art and health together, we will be able to shift the notion of hospital environments to a space of nurturing, education and wellness,” Ms Tango said.
As part of the new hospital’s commitment to arts and culture, there will be works showcasing the culture and the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the region, as well as the Australian South Sea Islander community.
The $673.3 million new Tweed Valley Hospital is on track to open to patients in 2023.
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Images below: Artist Hiromi Tango and a concept illustration of Hiromi Tango's sculpture