The Space Outside
The new hospital creates extraordinary possibilities for courtyards and terraces, some of which directly overlook the sea.
Sussex-based ceramic artist Marion Brandis has designed a series of ceramic-inspired, Brighton-themed artworks for these outside spaces. Designed as focal points and conversation-starters, Marion’s sculptural artworks bring colour, texture and sensory stimulus into the spaces.
Inspired by the area surrounding the hospital, including Kemptown, the seafront and Brighton Marina, they provide distraction and create therapeutic, restful and welcoming environments for patients, their families, visitors and staff.
In the Rheumatology Courtyard on Level 1, Marion has created a decorative mosaic band inlaid into a large planter with linked seating. Two mosaic spheres decorated with images of the Kemptown arches and other local references will sit on top of the planters within the foliage.
Large-scale, colourful, painted buoys will create focal points within the Therapy Garden on Level 10.
Humorous sculptures of gulls will also animate the Therapy Gardens on Level 4 and Level 10.
‘I have lived in Brighton and East Sussex for the last 35 years, both in the city – Brighton’s Kemptown – and on the Downs. I am living on the Downs now and tending a large garden here. My work is rooted in love for Sussex, the rich history of its built environment and my rootedness in nature. I hope to bring some of this into the new hospital in Brighton to help create healing environments for the town and the countryside around it.’
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marion Brandis works largely in ceramics. Based in Brighton, she is an experienced public artist who enjoys using ceramics in landscape settings.