DNA sculpture unveiled at Kent hospital

Installation and 'hero boards' recognise the impact of organ donation and the importance of research and innovation

The new DNA helix sculpture at Medway Maritime Hospital has been installed beneath the organ donation artwork and recognises the importance of research and innovation

A new wall artwork has been unveiled at Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent, highlighting the critical role the arts can play in delivering important patient information.

As well as improving the internal and external environment for patients, staff, and visitors; artwork is increasingly used by health trusts to impart vital information and highlight experiences and achievements.

And, at Medway Maritime Museum, Hospital Art Studio recently installed a DNA Helix sculpture aimed at promoting the importance of research and innovation.

The complete artwork is composed of several components: a central 2.5m-tall revolving and illuminated DNA sculpture, and two pillars that list the 22 areas of research undertaken at Medway, along with descriptive icon designs.

It has been installed in the hospital’s main atrium and sits opposite the main organ donation artwork Hospital Art Studio created for the hospital a few years ago.

Accompanying the new installation are four 'hero boards' which will honour everyone who has given the gift of life

And it is accompanied by four boards specifically designed so that individual organ and tissue donors’ names can be added over time.

Installation was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic

All four ‘hero boards’ are installed underneath the original organ donation artwork and are designed to complement it by featuring artworks of the Medway Marshes.

In time over 400 names can be included – personally honouring everyone who has given the gift of life to others.

A spokesman for Hospital Art Studio said: “During last summer we started to create this project and installation was originally planned for the end of October 2020. But, unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the artwork was sitting in storage until we were finally able to travel down to Medway in May.”

The artwork was installed over two days by Onsite Print Installations and BJS Fabrications.

Print production was co-ordinated by David Shackleton and his team from Imageco.

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