Entrance Sculpture for New Downe Hospital, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
Winning national competition entry, commissioned by Down Lisburn Trust,
The New Downe Hospital Project Board and Scott Wilson Architects, Belfast.
A flock of stylised birds rise in unison across simplified sun and moon crescents.
Inspiration sprang from observations of the variety and abundance of seabirds on nearby Strangford Lough, especially when suffused with colour at sunrise and sunset.
The intension was to create a sculpture that would uplift the spirits of both patients and visitors.
Incorporated into a tiered landscape it reaches up to eleven metres high, the forged and polished stainless steel birds reflect light and changes in daylight. The sun and moon crescents and ripple safety barrier are in contrasting painted mild steel.
Designed, made and installed by Charles Normandale
and the team from Wheely Down Forge Ltd