Local sculpture to light up new hospital

Installation of artwork Orchid in main courtyard
Installing the 'Orchid' in the main courtyard
April 19, 2012

A new sculpture installed today at Fiona Stanley Hospital will pay homage to the natural
environment as well as being a distinct landmark for visitors and patient moving around the
783-bed tertiary hospital.

The 6.7m high aluminium sculpture has been created by local artist Anne Neill and is part of the
West Australian Government Percent for Art Scheme. It will be located in the main hospital
courtyard, where it will become an obvious landmark feature for patients and visitors on the
public concourse as well as from corridors in the ward towers.

Neill explained that the lines of the sculpture were drawn from the edge of orchid petals – a
native flower found on the Fiona Staley Hospital site.

"The seven individual shapes that make up the form allude to the rhythm of overlapping petals -
a sublime mixture of sensual curves creating an open abstract work installed on a plinth seat,"
Neill said.

The plinth seat also contains coloured up-lights that give the artwork a distinct presence and
identity at night.

Neill’s sculpture is the third piece of artwork to be installed at Fiona Stanley Hospital, with
works by Mark Datodi and Tony Jones already in place. The remaining six artworks will be
installed over the next 18 months.

The artwork selected for Fiona Stanley Hospital aligns with the principles which recognise that
elements of the healthcare environment can have a powerful healing and therapeutic effect on
patients, families, visitors and staff.

This is further demonstrated by the design of Fiona Stanley Hospital, which maximises natural
light in all bedrooms, and incorporates the natural environment through rooftop gardens,
internal courtyards and large landscaped areas on the site.

When it opens in 2014, Fiona Stanley Hospital will offer a unique experience for patients,
including 83% single bedrooms, modern patient entertainment systems and meals cooked
fresh on site.