Technology

February 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

A High Tech Playground Shows Healing Power of Art and Play For Hospitalization Children!

1One of the most inspiring art projects we’ve come across lately is this new playroom at the Royal London Children’s Hospital can use as a sort of high tech playground. Your heart will melt when you see the pictures below.

This is a permanent installation in the hospital, and it’s purpose is to encourage the children to play, interact, create, have fun and smile – all of which will help them heal. The television game is called Woodland Wiggle and it allows these children to digitally enter the game in front of them to paint, play music, dance and just have fun. They can even trigger weather effects like rainbows, rain and sun. I wish I could play with this interactive wall myself, which is strange since it’s in a hospital. It just goes to show how much a dose of creativity can do to bring cheer to the most seemingly gloomy places.

The gigantic furniture you see in the room was all added to give it an Alice In Wonderland feel. The kids in that one picture below almost look like action figures compared to the furniture, but those are actual children playing with the interactive wall. I think it is wonderful that this hospital recognizes the correlation between happiness and health. I’m sure these children will heal faster and have better memories of their time at this hospital because of this technology. You can read more about it here on the creator’s website at Chris O’Shea.

To show the high tech playground with healing power of art and play, Cottrell and Vermeulen architects and designer Morag Myerscough all worked together to create this bright and fun space for the children’s ward of the new hospital complex. “We wanted it to be a complete escape for the children,” says architect Richard Cottrell. “Something so unexpected and all-consuming that it might distract them from thinking about being in hospital.” “We didn’t just want them to be slumped in front of an Xbox,” says Anne Mullins, director of Vital Arts, the charitable arts organisation of Barts Health NHS Trust, which has steered the project. “It’s about keeping them moving and exploring.”

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Via: psfk