Hospital art – Shine
New hospital tower atrium art installation – Shine by Jade Oakley.
About the art
- Medium: Tensioned stainless steel cables with coloured PVC coating.
- Artist: Jade Oakley.
- Year: 2021.
Hospital, providing moments of connection to nature, delight and playfulness. The internal void of the hospital is perceived by artist, Jade Oakley as a metaphor for the Blue Mountains landscape. The towering facades of the building are the vertiginous sandstone cliffs of the local escarpment, and the sheltered courtyard represents a pocket rainforest, surrounded by cliffs, planted with tree ferns and native rainforest species.
Sunrise and sunset punctuate our days. The lighting for the Shine artwork reflects this celestial phenomenon by programming a rich, coloured glow at sunrise and sunset. This gives patients and staff a connection to the outside world and provides a beautiful event to anticipate twice a day. At sunrise the sculpture is lit with golden light, and at sunset the sculpture is illuminated by a rosy radiance, reflecting soft, warm light into the interior of the hospital.
Developing her craft since the 1990s Jade Oakley’s gallery practice has evolved, translating the delicate, kinetic and whimsical character of her work into robust, enduring public artworks. Trained at Turpin Crawford Studios, Jade’s public artworks encompass large suspended kinetic mobiles, façade designs and interactive placemaking sculptures.
Jade’s public practice demonstrates her ability to adapt her aesthetic and skills to a variety of applications. Throughout her career she has produced numerous public art commissions across Australia and internationally for clients such as The Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne), The ACT Law Courts (Canberra), The Galaxy Casino (Macau), Otto & Quay Restaurants (Sydney) and The National Taiwan University Hospital (Taipei).
Jade graduated from the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in sculpture. She is represented by Australian Galleries and her work is held in private collections both internationally and across Australia. Jade has recently completed several significant public art commissions for clients including The ACT Law Courts and Greenland Australia.