The Arches Centre
We worked with our client and five individual artists to bring colour and beauty into this new Community Treatment and Care Centre. All the works help ensure the project is a living, interactive experience for patients and staff alike.
At the main entrance, Martin Donlin created Healing Window 1. Composed of 15 glazed panels, it draws on medicinal plants and uses organic leaf and flower forms to contrast with the geometric patterns of the building’s architecture.
In the atrium, Tony Stallard was inspired by chromosomes to make Gene Shuffle. A series of multicoloured fluorescent tubes are organised into gently undulating vertical groups. These are connected to motion sensors placed throughout the building and their colours gradually change to reflect detected movement.
Shirley Ross’s textile panel Profiles sits above the main reception. It is brightly coloured and combines analyses of movement, including walking, shuffling and filing. Diane McCormick’s I Spy wraps around the Children’s Department waiting area and includes details from the local environment and its cultural history. These range from aeroplanes to clothing, ferries and birds. Outside, Michael Disley’s highly visible and cheerful Yoga Lesson sculpture is made of concrete and depicts a child in a flower-print dress performing a head stand.