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St Mary’s Hospital transformed by 56m mural


Bridget Riley, the internationally recognised British artist, has completed a spectacular new mural at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

The mural, measuring 56 metres long, was commissioned by Imperial College Healthcare Charity Art Collection for the 10th floor of the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother building.

“This means a lot to me because the doctors and nurses want it”

Bridget Riley

This work joins two others for the 8th and 9th floors completed by Ms Riley for the hospital over 20 years ago.

The murals feature saturated colours and flowing, rhythmic stripes, and are painted directly onto the hospital walls.

Ms Riley said: “They aim to lift the spirits and to remind one of life outside the hospital, while in no way interfering with the essential activities of the hospital as it goes about its business.

“They also have my work next to… the major trauma ward,” she said. “This means a lot to me because the doctors and nurses want it and it reminds patients that theirs is a transitory state, that they are there to recover and re-join life – that life goes on, and life is outside-and they feel reassured.”

Rosemary Harris, curator of Imperial’s Charity Art Collection, said: “The hospital is privileged to have the commitment of such a great artist to create these really wonderful works.

“[They] have transformed the clinical environment into an uplifting and beautiful place for everyone to enjoy.”


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  • "Mural"? It's a load of stripes.

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  • Anonymous | 19-Apr-2014 4:28 am

    how very observant of you! Is it art? do you think it is trying to convey some message?

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