New Goodmayes Hospital sculpture ‘expresses mental health’ message ‘succinctly’
PUBLISHED: 12:16 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:25 26 March 2015
A new £60,000 sculpture which illustrates how everyone “perceives things differently” has been erected in the grounds of a hospital.
The artwork – ‘Spectrum’ – was launched by North East London NHS Foundation (NELFT) and Redbridge Vision, the council’s cultural provider, on Wednesday at Goodmayes Hospital, in Barley Lane, Goodmayes.
Spectrum, produced by Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer, explore perceptions of mental health through the use of the mediums of film and art.
Speaking at the event, John Brouder, chief executive of NELFT, said: “The Goodmayes hospital site is a popular area for walkers and service users alike and is therefore an ideal location to install this public artwork.
“With one in four people suffering from mental health issues at some time during their lives, our perception of mental health needs to change.
“Mental health needs to have parity with how we already view physical health needs.”
He also added: “We know that everyone sees and perceives things slightly differently and Spectrum expresses this succinctly.”
The project was funded completely from around £60,000 of Section 106 money which was ring-fenced for public art.
Councillor Wes Streeting, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The piece itself makes an interesting point about perspectives and taking the time to try and see the world from the perspective of somebody living with mental health issues.”
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