For patients in palliative care units who need something to look forward to, Mathieu Lehanneur makes sure that the sun will come out tomorrow, today.
Lehanneur is a French interior and industrial designer whose latest creation, ‘Tomorrow Is Another Day,’ is aiming to provide hope to those who are confined to a hospital bed.
‘Tomorrow Is Another Day’ is a weather ‘portal’ in patient’s rooms that displays a visual of the weather that is projected for the next day. Rather than provide today’s weather, Lehanneur’s device, which is intended for the palliative care unit of the Diaconesses/Croix Saint Simon Hospital in France, offers patients with chronic diseases and terminal illnesses the opportunity to stay ‘a day ahead of real time.’
The orb-like fixture emits different images and colors to match the predicted forecast based on meteorological data and programming. The honeycomb structure can be adapted to project nearly any geographical location, offering a glimpse at the next day’s forecast and possible hope for patients.
The installation brings together physical, emotional, and medical aspects of life and death into a single piece. Lehanneur’s take on this cycle encompasses the idea that with difficult subjects, people tend to change the conversation and talk about something unimportant like the weather. This device may help people face fears of death, and at the same time provide hope by giving them a glimpse into tomorrow.
The project was in part realized as a Foundation de France project.