Stobhill Poems

June 1, 2009

Stobhill: A Place Apart

Stobhill in whitePoet and artist Thomas A Clark was commissioned, along with four artists, to bring poetry to the massive New Stobhill hospital in Glasgow. Built by Reiach & Hall and opened just a few weeks ago, we East-coasters were pleased a get a nosy at the final product. TAC hoped that it should be considered as ‘a grove of larch in a forest of birch’…

Of the idea of art in hospitals, TAC said ‘it was our assumption that art is installed in a hospital not for purely aesthetic reasons but to contribute to a whole (or healing) ambience. For this it is not enough that art works be situated at strategic places, taken up with themselves and drawing attention to themselves. Art must be an integral part of the building fabric, developed simultaneously with the architectural design.’

On that note, this ‘Poems for…‘ website just came to our attention today. We’re often asked for ‘occasion’ poems, and applaud poetry in unexpected places.

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