An artwork concept ‘Shine’ by Jade Oakley has been selected by staff, managers and Western Sydney cultural advisers to fill the courtyard void within the new Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1.
The large-scale, site-specific sculpture consists of hundreds of brightly coloured stainless-steel cables inspired by shafts of light. The artwork will be dramatically suspended across the internal courtyard of the hospital, making the artwork visible from all floors of the new building.
“’Shine’ embodies the healing power of light, as can be experienced in a deep Blue Mountains rainforest canyon. It symbolises the giving of life, knowledge and hope,” artist Jade Oakley says.
“The purpose of art in a hospital is escapism and to give people a sense of peace, joy and wonder. I love to make artwork that makes people feel good and that’s uplifting and joyful, so this is a really exciting project for me,” says Jade.
Speaking at the announcement of the sculpture, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Board Chair, The Hon Peter Collins AM QC says, “It is an incredibly exciting part of the evolution of this hospital, for us to see what will be a major and lasting public artwork.”
The artwork model and associated imagery represents a concept design only. The concept will undergo design development and engineering prior to final design approval. Installation of the artwork will take place before the projected opening of the new Stage 1 Redevelopment in late 2021.