A public art installation at The Retreat Hospital
November 2011 – January 2012
This project involved patients collecting or making things that interest them and arranging them in box frames to form a public display in the main corridor of the hospital.
Found objects, poems, photos, drawings and models were used to tell a story or explore a particular theme in each box. Inspiration for this project comes from the artist Joseph Cornell, who was famous for making artworks in boxes.
Four sessions with older adults involved a variety of fun and inclusive creative techniques. These concluded with participants coming up with a theme for five different assembled boxframe displays. They were brought together with five more boxes made by the adult wards, forming the final installation.