Light artist Bruce Munro unveils Brass Monkey artwork at Royal United Hospital
Light artist Bruce Munro said he wants his latest installation to "bring a smile" to the faces of patients at Bath's Royal United Hospital during the long dark winter nights.
The artist, who illuminated Bath’s Holburne Museum last year, covered a field with shiny CDs a few years ago and has even illuminated Ayres Rock in Australia, unveiled his new work of art at Bath’s Royal United Hospital this week.
Brass Monkey, which consists of a pyramid of spheres with blue and white lights, was unveiled in the central courtyard opposite the hospital’s main atrium, but will become a permanent fixture when it is eventually placed in the RUH’s new £20 million cancer care centre, which the hospital’s Forever Friends charity is currently raising funds for.
It marks the start of the celebrations for the RUH’s 80th anniversary.
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The artwork is made up of a pyramid of spheres, which will be lit up in blue and white, and will be open to the public daily between 8am and 8pm.
“It is a great privilege to be commissioned by the RUH,” said Mr Munro, who lives in Kilmington, near Warminster in Wiltshire.
“My hope is that the piece will work on an aesthetic level and also bring a smile to many patients during their stay.”
Staff, patients and visitors at the Royal United Hospital have welcomed a new art installation.
Mike Osborn, the hospital’s Macmillan clinical psychologist and the head of its pain clinic, said the artwork was apt because light was so critical in some health processes.
“It has the obvious therapeutic associations, but also helps stimulate and regulate certain hormonal rhythms that influence chronic stress and duress,” he said.