Did the brief change at all during the project?
The brief remained the same throughout it was just a case of getting it right and re-working drawings and compositions to get the right mix in the space. The artwork was made over the course of six months, and this was great as it enabled plenty of time for different options and re-working the illustrations.
Tell us about your concept for the murals.
My original concept for the space used the four central pillars and areas around the ward which could be viewed from different angles. It was especially important to consider how the work would be viewed while sitting in the dental chairs. As it is a busy ward and there is a lot of movement around different spaces, it was important to me that the artwork acted in a subconscious way where different colours, textures, characters, animals and environments start to tell stories as you pass through the central corridors. It was important also that the illustrations would relax the children and teenagers that entered the space and create a happy vibe. Going to the dentist can be traumatic enough, so I didn't want the artwork to add any extra anxiety. I used a combination of colours, abstracted patterns, shapes and characters to do this in combination with futuristic architectural forms which referenced the urban position of the hospital in Whitechapel.