Angel Trees

I created a series of site specific kinetic mobiles for the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. The 'angels' are joyful and exuberant – but on closer inspection they have tiny bandages on their arms and legs.

The wards of the hospital can typically be very clinical and austere and for many children the wait within them can be a daunting and intimidating experience. The Angel Trees mobiles serve to both distract and comfort sick children prior to their procedures. In turn this relaxes the children and facilitates a calmer medical process for them and their families.

Angel Trees (detail) by Jade Oakley artwork image

art materials: 

  • gouache
  • painted galvanized steel wire
  • paper

art discipline: 

  • mobile

commissions: 

  • Angel Trees

Photograph by: 

Anthony Pearse

Date: 

2008

Dimensions: 

500 x 700 x 700mm

Location: 

Sydney Children's hospital, Randwick