Hospital hosts Brian Eno art installation to help patients heal

By Healthcare Facilities Today
April 23, 2013

A hospital in Hove, England, is hosting two art installations by Brian Eno designed to relax patients, says an article in BBC News. Eno is a multidisciplinary artist known for his ambient music and light installations, such as one at the Sydney Opera House.

One installation, in the Montefiore Hospital's lobby, features eight plasma screens displaying random combinations of drawings Eno has done over time, resulting in a slowly morphing display of colors and shapes. The other piece is located in a lower level of the facility and is called "The Quiet Room." It combines three panels of changing light with Eno's ambient music composition.

The concept behind the art is to give the viewer — patient, staff or visitor — a chance to slow down and relax, the article says. There is evidence that art can be therapeutic, reducing pain in patients, even reducing the time babies spend in neo-natal units, says the article.

Read the article and listen to a sample of "The Quiet Room" soundtrack.

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