27th October 2016
Springs Unit Mural, Cygnet Hospital, Harrow
During the 3 months I was working with the service users at Cygnet Hospital in Harrow I had the fortune to really get to know these wonderful people and equally the hard working staff that support them. This mural was a culmination of working initially on a large scale collaborative drawing piece and it soon became apparent that the collective images were themed around personal identity and capturing their thoughts in the moment through the numerous quotes they produced. As is always the case when people need support there is an aspiration of recovery and support and growth so this mural was very much the collective vision of that sentiment. Two abstract trees growing upwards collecting the images and stories of each of the service users and then take them to a sun like entity that represents a vision of hope. The many leaves on the trees were drawn on by the service users. The service users also came down to Leake Street and joined me in painting a piece on the wall and then they were able to work on a wall at Springs Unit itself which was made from industrial wrapping wrapped between two trees in the garden.