Twelve Shims at Dorchester Hospital

Twelve Shims, by David Nash. (1999)

Really enjoyed this work at Dorchester hospital this afternoon.

Luckily this time only an out-patient but seeing this you can almost forget why you were there. It makes a difference and transforms the space. Like a row of full sails gusting along the corridor, it’s a joy to behold and lifts the spirits.

“Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick …Sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.” (Susan Sontag).

Art in hospitals helps to make the other place more bearable.