Snow Fox, Evelina 1+

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust


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.


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. 


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


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