Snow Fox, Evelina 1+

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust

P-P-P-P-penguins!

In Renal department, images of Penguins, illustrated by Paul Thurlby, line the walls, bringing humour as they waddle, wade, dive, and play around the department.

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From a distance, a school of penguins cluster together against angular blue & white backgrounds, implying ice sheets and seas which span the shared spaces, and inviting exploration around the department during waiting times. 

Look closer and you'll see a whole colony of characters – young ones, skateboarding-teens, doctor-penguins, fishing enthusiasts – a diversity that reflects the demography of the service community. 

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Our approach creates an impact using modest resources: we've combined large, bold colour fields in contrast with smaller artworks, bringing rich enticing imagery & narratives to life using minimal manufacturing. 

This case study is part of the wider “Evelina 1+” project – featuring seven departments incorporating art, interior design, playful journeys, empathetic storytelling, & digital interactions. See Projects for all Evelina 1+ case studies, or for an in-depth look at our process and engagement see here

The artwork has been supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, which helps create a world-class environment for patients, staff and visitors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Find out more at www.supportgstt.org.uk.

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Date 2021

Sector Healthcare

Children's Healthcare Hospital, Emergency Department (A&E)

Commissioned Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust

Artist Art in Site, Paul Thurlby

User Group Children & Families

Awards European Healthcare Design 2021; Highly Commended, Interior Design & Arts

Building Better Healthcare Awards 2021; Winner, Best Interior Design Project – refurbishment; In collaboration with Sonnemann Toon