SpY unveils “Loops”, a large-scale kinetic installation commissioned for the atrium of the largest hospital in Switzerland.
Both engaging and soothing, “Loops” presents a new paradigm for site-specific installations in the re-envisioning of hospitals as more humane environments. The production of the artwork spanned over two years and involved the development of bespoke equipment by world-leading engineers.
How can art have a positive effect on patients, and help nurture them emotionally within a hospital? Fulfilling these needs has been the goal of this highly specialised project “Loops” is permanently installed at the atrium of the brand-new Anna-Seiler-Haus, the main building of Inselspital in Bern, one of the largest and most advanced hospitals in Switzerland.
The shape of the piece shifts constantly as its elements draw their ethereal movements across the atrium space and arrange themselves in a myriad combinations.
The five floors around the hospital atrium allow for a wide range of different points of view upon the piece. As the viewer moves and the sculpture shifts, the resulting visual readings multiply infinitely. In the blink of an eye, a new artwork is discovered.
The piece is programmed in different modes, in which the choreographies adapt to the changing dynamics within the hospital. The rings re-arrange themselves together in the middle of the atrium space every hour, with one or more of the 24 rings remaining lit up to indicate the time. During the night the sculpture enters a ‘calm’ mode, staying in the middle of the atrium and displaying only some slight movements. The kinetic dimension of the piece is designed to surprise, but also to allow for a comfortable co-habitation with those who stay longer at the hospital – both patients and workers.
The precise movements of the sculpture are produced by 24 sophisticated motors working in unison. The devices have been designed, developed and tested specifically for “Loops” by the world-leading engineering firm MKT at its facilities in Munich.
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