The Royal Children’s Hospital


Sky Garden by Jade Oakley

The Royal Children’s Hospital, VIC

In conjunction with Bovis Lend Lease and Bates Smart Architects Melbourne, Jade Oakley was commissioned to produce her largest and most ambitious public artwork to date for the Royal Children’s Hospital main foyer and atrium.

Technically challenging, at nine and a half meters across by four meters high and comprising five mobile elements, the work is 50 times the size of the artist’s model and is fabricated from stainless steel and hand painted perforated aluminium.

Sky Garden was installed in August 2011 and unveiled in October 2011 at the opening of the new hospital in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Royal Children’s Hospital was awarded the most prestigious prize in the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards: The Premier Award for Interior Design Excellence and Innovation.

Other awards include:

  • International Interior Design award, Emirates Glass LEAF 2012
  • Use of Art in the Patient Environment – Highly Commended
  • Design + Health International Academy Awards 2012
  • International Health Project (over 40,000 sqm) – Winner
  • Interior Design – Winner
  • AIA Victorian Architecture Awards 2012
  • Victorian Architecture Medal Melbourne Prize


Images: Sky Garden, Jade Oakley (2011) Royal Childrens Hospital Melbourne (Photo: Mike Baker) produced in collaboration with M. Morrison.

A highly successful public art component to the new RCH.  Jade Oakley’s mobiles make a significant contribution to the beauty and unique nature of the Main Street space.  The public art project managers, facilitated the communication between the artist, architects, and Lend Lease, ensuring a smooth delivery process.

David O’Shaughnessy

Project Director, Royal Children’s Hospital, Lend Lease