Walls wildly diverting
SINGING glow worms and giraffes with rocket boots are greeting kids at Starship Children’s Hospital.
The unusual faces are part of colourful new murals lining the walls of the hospital’s outpatient department.
More than 500 children and young people inspired the drawings by telling designers what makes them happy, their wildest inventions and what their perfect world would look like.
For some, that was a banana boat pulled by seahorses, while others liked the idea of a time machine.
A group of graphic design students from AUT University were tasked with designing the drawings to brighten up the department for the 45,000 children who visit each year.
The murals, funded by Mercury Energy, can now be found in the waiting area and on the walls and ceilings of the consultation, bi-valve, measurement and plaster rooms.
Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clark says being in hospital can be an unsettling time for young people and their families.
‘‘The new murals bring colour and fun to the walls and give patients a little distraction while waiting or being examined,’’ he says.
The foundation is hoping to add murals geared towards older children and teenagers in the near future.
Cheered up: Above, Mia Liu, 15-months, from Avondale in one of the newly decorated consultation rooms at Starship. Bright backdrop: Muriwai Waata, 10, from Grey Lynn with nurses Abbey Wheeler, left, and Chloe Nottingham.
Go to aucklandcity harbournews.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video of the mural design process.