Monkey sculptures installed at Soutmead Hospital

Monday, 10 March 2014

Three cheeky monkeys have set up home outside Southmead Hospital Bristol’s new Brunel building.

The bronze sculptures featuring the animals have been installed near the entrance to the new emergency department, which opens in May.

The injured monkeys – one with a cast on its leg, another with a bandaged arm and one with a sore head – are part of a series of five sculptures featuring animals with ailments which will be installed around the new hospital.

Laura Ford with the monkey sculptures. Photo: Jim Wileman

Artist Laura Ford’s collection of animals includes a bear with a sore back, a hyena with an injured neck and an elephant with a lump in its trunk, which will be installed around the approach and entrance to the new Brunel building.

The sculptures are part of an arts project that has been commissioned by developers of the new hospital, Carillion, to create an environment that is welcoming for patients and visitors.

Work on landscaping and incorporating art into the new hospital building and its grounds has been informed by research into the impact of surroundings on patient care. It is also hoped that the art works will engage the local community and staff.

Other works that have been installed around the new North Bristol NHS Trust hospital include a water feature and decorative screens for the medical day garden, which will provide a space where patients and staff can sit. Sculptures have also been created for the courtyards which are overlooked by patient rooms.