Jade Oakley, Bendigo Hospital, Victoria
The Mallee mobiles, made from steel and copper wire are installed in a long, narrow void between two buildings at the new $630m regional hospital. Six kinetic sculptural elements come together to form one large installation. As a whole Mallee is striking and impressive – looking up from the main entrance and down from the glass windows/lift well areas.
Individual mobiles are suspended outside the windows of the mental health ward to provide patients with an opportunity for contemplation. A window provides an opportunity to look out; as such the mobiles have been designed to be most interesting when viewed close up.
The artwork’s organic form, colour palette and surface treatment aims to create a soothing and peaceful environment for hospital patients.
“From the windows Mallee provides an ever-changing view as the mobiles turn constantly in the breeze. The network of cables joining the mobiles to each other is symbolic of the connection between all living things.”Jade Oakley