I’ve been a fan of Tord Boontje and his colorful, ornate style for a while now, and I just came across a project that he recently released a through his studio. They put their talent to good use, bringing some fun and beauty to the paediatric critical care unit at The Royal London Hospital.
Alluding to renewal and growth, the work contains animals and elements in energising colours for children to find and discover. Some of the larger drawings are very finely detailed and invite you to discover new elements day after day.
I think it’s awesome that Tord and his studio were able to bring so much fun, life, and color to a place that really needs some whimsy in it. Hospitals, kind of rightfully so, get a bad wrap for being sterile, unfriendly places. The animal and plant shapes are traditional Tord, though I love the addition of gradients in the pieces, something I hadn’t seen previously. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be, as a small child, to get to see such wonderful imagery around you in a place that you probably don’t have a lot of good feelings for.
You can see more of images of the project by clicking here.
Photos by Gar Powell-Evans