Truro Health Park – Arts for Health Installations


“Creative application of the arts can help to shape a more inspiring vision for the buildings in which healthcare and community service are delivered, and so make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of the whole community.”

Roger S Ulrich, Evidence-Based Design for Better Healthcare Buildings (2005)

Arts for Health Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (AFHC) was engaged by NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Community 1st Cornwall to develop an Arts and Health Strategy for the Truro Health Park Development.

AFHC ran a series of workshops with members of the local community to come up with design ideas and inspiration for the project. The first phase of this project was overseen by Lead Artist Rob Olins and Landscape Architect Mike Westley.

The next phase of works commenced in March 2008. This saw the ideas from the first phase consultations, developed by specially commissioned local artists and then displayed to the general public at a consultation event on Truro’s Lemon Quay, attended by over 80 people.

After this public consultation, more detailed designs were developed by the artists and the pieces were installed in the building after its handover:

Entrance Installations

Coloured Sails – an interactive light sculpture that uses primary colours to inspire relief and ease emotions. Soft colour-changing sequences are triggered when someone walks below the sculpture.

Blu Tri-Veru – inspired by river colours and made of dichroic glass, this piece illuminates the space with soft liquid colours. Patterns of shifting light are reminiscent of sunlight playing on water.

Internal Courtyards

Glass sculptures and planting – the two courtyards feature an exciting combination of planting together with large sculptural pieces. The glass sculptures play with natural light to create a watery quality, reflecting the sky.

Monterey Pine Courtyard

Landscaping and planting – an area of Monterey Pines, which is an important feature of the local landscape, has been retained on the site. A ‘walk for the mind’ has been designed in this area, visible from an adjacent glazed corridor so the trees can be appreciated from inside the building.

For more information about the artwork and artists in Truro Health Park, see the Arts for Health brochure here.