Press Release on behalf of Mersey Care NHS Trust
13 August, 2015
For Immediate Release
Merseyside artist Tony Evans said he was delighted with the impact of his latest public sculpture, which was commissioned by Mersey Care NHS Trust for its new Clock View Hospital in Walton.
It completes an array of artwork across the site on a theme of recovery at the £25 million mental health facility, situated at the former Walton Hospital site off Rice Lane. The hospital provides 80 beds in single en-suite rooms for patients from North Liverpool, South Sefton and Kirkby, with a range of common mental health conditions needing short-term admission or assessment.
The eight-foot high copper figure, mounted on a three-foot high mirror stainless steel plinth, has been installed in an open-air inner courtyard visible to visitors, patients and staff, close to the hospital’s central visitor café area.
Other artwork at Clock View, which opened five months ago, includes designs by children from local primary and secondary schools embedded on granite blocks which also double as outdoor seating. There are recovery-themed boat journeys in glass etchings and wall decorations across the unit, created from images made by local people at community art sessions and staff and patient art workshops.
Tony Evans, whose work appears in universities, cathedrals, schools and private collections, said: “This is the first time I’ve been commissioned for a piece for a hospital. When I came here and heard how Mersey Care wanted it to reflect this wider theme of recovery I was delighted to get involved as mental wellbeing is a subject close to my heart.
“It has taken a year from my first visit when the hospital was just a building site to this installation. I hope that when people see the piece and ‘read it’ for themselves they will enjoy it because I have tried to make it figurative rather than abstract.”
Titled ‘Imago’, which means metamorphosis, it is a sculptured copper-plate over a stainless steel framework. There is a crouched figure at its base made of old salvaged copper, which is distressed and will change and weather naturally over time. Above that is a shiny figure reaching and looking upwards to the sky, circled within a spiral of copper which is topped off by butterflies.
Artwork must make up one per cent of spending on public new-builds so Mersey Care used it as an integral part of the therapeutic environment to contribute to recovery-focussed care at Clock View.
Mersey Care’s Arts, Wellbeing and Creativity Co-ordinator Berenice Gibson explained: “This is the last big piece of art for the building and we believe it will make a positive impact on people over many years to come.
“We’ve sited it next to the main visitor entrance corridor where everyone who comes into the hospital will see it. It’s also visible from one of the five wards and close to the café to emphasise that central area as a hub for the whole hospital.”
Caption: Artist Tony Evans (left) with Mersey Care’s arts project co-ordinator Berenice Gibson and consultant psychiatrist at Clock View Dr Stephen O’Brien.
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What is Mersey Care NHS Trust?
Mersey Care provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disability and addiction services for adults in Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby. It has a wider role too, providing medium secure services for Merseyside and Cheshire, and high secure services covering the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales.
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