Celebrated UK artist Gerry Halpin MBE was recently commissioned by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Hospital to create artwork for its new buildings.
The pieces integrate laser cut Perspex® acrylic, printed Perspex® acrylic and LED illumination and are examples of how the material continues to play an important part in the world of fine art.
The hospital is based close to the area that inspired famous artist, L S Lowry who painted industrial England in the early 1900s – hence the new building’s name, ‘The Lowry Unit’.
The Lowry Wall is a dramatic 23 feet (7m) panel featuring figures drawn from L S Lowry’s paintings. The majority of these figures were printed directly onto Perspex® Opal acrylic panels while five were printed and then cut out separately to create a raised 3D effect.
A second sculpture, ‘Recovery’, sits in the foyer of the hospital’s Recovery Academy. Again, using an illuminated Perspex® Opal background, colored Perspex® acrylic panels were laser cut to create a 3D effect. The artwork is designed to engage attention while gently conveying the idea of ‘recovery’. With a sequential colored illumination cycle, visitors can view the installation from the seating area.
Gerry Halpin said: “Perspex® acrylic was the perfect material and with LED sequential lighting it has an engaging, therapeutic effect which fits perfectly with the calm, contemplative mood of this restful area. When seen at night and the late afternoon of winter days it is quite a splendid sight.”
All fabrication and print was carried out by GJ Plastics based in Manchester.