Sculpture set to shine at new hospital


Image above: Artist Jade Oakley with members from the Nepean Redevelopment project team, Creative Road and Nepean Hospital executive team.

In March 2020, the artwork concept ‘Shine’ by Jade Oakley was 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 and is 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 last year's 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.”


IImage above: Artist impression of 'Shine'



Images above: Progress shot of 'Shine' installation