Giving Birth to Creativity

Giving Birth to Creativity

The wraps are off! Prototypes for art work on the walls of the 16 labour suites at Forth Valley Royal Hospital have just arrived from America, courtesy of Ava Blitz, a visual artist who’s commissions include a huge mosaic wall panel at Philadelphia International Airport. Ava is pictured carrying her carefully packed samples together with NHS Forth Valley Charitable Arts and Wellbeing Co-ordinator Babs McCool.

The move to ‘soften’ the wall spaces in the labour suite attracted almost 40 submissions from artists across the UK plus Ms Blitz, who saw the brief on an American website. The entries were shortlisted and the entrants interviewed to ensure they could meet the demands of the brief. Staff were then asked to choose the art work they felt best represented the effect they were trying to achieve.

Ms Blitz explained how she came up with her ideas:

“I work a lot with the natural world and have chosen colours which are both soothing and ‘pop ‘ – mostly greens and oranges which give a luminous jewel-like quality. They’re abstract but still recognizable as images from nature such as trees. I heard that the area around Forth Valley Royal Hospital once boasted orchards of apples and soft fruits and I have tried to incorporate this in my work. My intention was to create windows into the natural world which people can enter with imagination.”

Making the wall size panels will take several months. They have to be wipeable and cleanable to comply with strict inflection control standards. “It’s a very unusual commission” added Ms Blitz ,” but it makes a very good story to say I am going to Scotland to design panels for birthing rooms!”.”

Winter 2013 Developments & Innovations