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The Butterfly Dance, 2012
Grangewood, Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Gransha, Derry
Commissioned by: Artscare and Avanti Architects
Architects: Avanti Architects
Main contractor: Heron Bros
Materials: Artwork in ceramic
Techniques: Hand made ceramics, stoneware glaze, decal transfers
Dimensions: 7m x 3m
Courtyard 2 –Women’s area:
“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
~Hans Christian Anderson
Colourful ceramic butterflies flying along the walled garden brighten the outdoor space and bring a dance of colour to the garden. Patient’s feelings and hopes are expressed on the printed ceramic surface which becomes evident when they are closely inspected, each one an individual: just as each patient is.
This work includes pieces made in 3 workshops with patients, uses words and phrases from poetry workshops and expresses the patient’s feelings for the unit. The whole piece has a playful feeling of breaking free from the things which try to tie us in knots.