The Nature Trail at Great Ormond Street Hospital is designed to make the medical experience more child-friendly.
Jason Bruges Studio has completed ‘The Nature Trail’ at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, UK. This interactive installation is designed to distract the patients at the children’s hospital and improve their journey to the operating theatre. It features 70 integrated LED panels and bespoke graphic wallpaper on a 50m stretch of corridor.
The Guardian reports that motion sensors detect when patients pass by and triggers the panels to display various forest animals, including horses, deer, rabbits, hedgehogs, birds, and frogs. The abstracted ‘animal movements’ are recreated as interactive animated patterns of light, which reveal themselves through the trees and foliage.
The distracting artwork helps to create a calming yet engaging route for the children. The panels, which have a total of 72,000 LEDs, are embedded into the wall at various heights in order to be accessible to the eye levels and positions of the patients, who are aged 1-16. You can view The Nature Trail and hear some reactions to it in the video below: