Watering the Flowers, 2018
St Joseph’s Day Care Unit, Beaumont Hospital Dublin
Commissioned by: Beaumont Hospital Arts Team
Materials: Artwork in ceramic
Techniques: Hand made ceramics, earthenware lustre glaze, ceramic relief prints.
Dimensions: Each 1m x 3m
Ceramic watering cans with flowers in different areas running along the corridor of the day care centre. This artwork has rhymes, songs and poems incorporated into the flowers and is a talking point for the residents of the care unit.
A corridor in the bright day care unit is the location of this series of watering cans filled with flowers and words. Within the design, poems, songs, skipping rhymes and tongue twisters mingle with the flower heads and help patients with speech therapy and dementia.
Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioural benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.
The whole set is meant to brighten the department and give patients something interesting to look at and talk about.