Light­ing up young lives

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

HUN­DREDS of lights will il­lu­mi­nate the fa­cade of the new Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in time for Christ­mas.

The pub­lic art piece Fizz in­cor­po­rates more than 1600 alu­minium discs and 500 LED lights on the east­ern side of the $1.2 bil­lion build­ing.

Premier Colin Bar­nett, who turned on the lights on De­cem­ber 1, said it was a great piece of ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign.

“Fizz will be the first thing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies see when they ar­rive at the hos­pi­tal,” Mr Bar­nett said.

“Our young pa­tients will also see the art from the in­side of the build­ing, where the sooth­ing colours will pro­vide a dis­trac­tion, es­pe­cially for chil­dren un­der­go­ing pro­ce­dures.”

The lights will be turned off af­ter Christ­mas to al­low for fine-tun­ing ahead of the hos­pi­tal’s open­ing.

WA artist Stu­art Green said the project was a rare op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to the health and well­be­ing of WA chil­dren.

“I had in mind light­ness, float­ing bub­bles or danc­ing patches of light; a play­ful ran­dom­ness to help lift and en­liven the street view of the hos­pi­tal while keep­ing it in tune with Kings Park op­po­site,” Green said.

Pic­ture: Robin Kor­net­mu­ni­ d447357

Fizz, a new pub­lic art­work on the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

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