"THE HEALING WINDOW" - Rhondda Hospital, Llwynpia, Wales, UK
in collaboration with Martin Donlin
Client: Rhondda Hospital
Architect: Nightingale Associates
Photo credits: Martin Donlin
Technique: Antique handmade mouth blown glass acid etched and painted, bonded to toughened safety glass.
After the installation of the glass the contractors unfortunately drove a fork lift truck into one of the windows, however, the studio managed to replace the glass perfectly to the delight of the client!
- Martin Donlin, Artist
DESCRIPTION: The three windows are based on individual themes: the healing process, the Rhondda Valley and River and finally the local community. I visited the old Rhondda Hospital to consult with both patients and staff regarding the design process. Leaf and plant forms are used as a reference to historical healing properties together with small multi coloured capsule and tablet images to represent man made medicine. A serpent inspired shape is evocative of the Rhondda River and acts as a metaphor for Aesculapius, with a serpent entwined around a staff as his attribute. Finally the third window includes thousands of tiny human figure forms to represent the community. All the figures are from drawings made by myself and the community in Rhondda.