Botanical Mandala

Harefield Hospital
Date: September 2016
Commissioned by: Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust


“Botanical Mandala” was commissioned by rb&hArts (Royal Brompton and Harefield Arts) on behalf of the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. The installation was designed to help patients to relax before operations and achieve a meditative state of mind.

The theatres patient reception at Harefield is where patients wait just before they go in for surgery, so it is important that the environment is calming and peaceful to help reduce any anxiety.

For the first six months we consulted and tested versions of the installation with patients and staff and gathered their feedback to make changes along the way. The final artwork – a kaleidoscopic projection of medicinal flowers slowly ‘spreading’ across the wall, accompanied by the sound of birdsong – received really positive feedback both from the patients and the medical staff.


Botanical Mandala

Nick Hunt, site director at Harefield, commented: “This beautiful display is a perfect example of responding to the needs of patients in a creative way.”

Karen Janody, arts curator, added: “The arts programme brings all forms of arts to both hospitals to improve the wellbeing of our patients and staff. We are thrilled with this innovative piece of work and with the positive feedback we’ve received.”

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK working across two sites, Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea, and Harefield Hospital near Uxbridge. Its vision is to develop services through research and clinical practice to improve the health of people across the world. rb&hArts, the dedicated arts department, contributes to the work of the Trust, supporting their ambitions to enhance patient welfare and support clinical excellence through the arts.