Art project connects garden and hospital
VieCuri hospital in Venlo has opened an experience garden*: the ‘Outside-In Garden’. Artist collective ‘Circus Engelbregt’ will be working on this project for one year to optimally connect the garden and the hospital. [more info]
Museum van Bommel van Dam and VieCuri Medical Centre are joining ranks with the realisation of an experience garden at the Venlo hospital: The Outside-In Garden. In this newly-built garden, near the oncology department, experiencing nature and art are combined. Circus Engelbregt, by invitation of the museum and the hospital, has developed several interventions that, spread in the course of 2019, will research how human and garden can be brought closer together with as the main goal to advance the patients’ health. With this garden, VieCuri wants to offer to patients and their loved ones a place for rest and relaxation. Museum van Bommel van Dam suggested artistic research as a way to find out how the healing power of a garden can be used in the very best way. Circus Engelbregt is using the period of the build and opening of the garden to have a programme of interventions take place which will smoothen out or let fully disappear the passage between the waiting room and the garden.
Every season, the artists of ‘Circus Engelbregt’ will highlight a different aspect of the garden. Last winter, they made the basis of the garden – the soil – the focal point. In spring, interventions aimed at flora followed. Then in summer the fauna was focussed on, and this Autumn humans will be at the centre of attention. The official opening of the Outside-In Garden will take place on 28 September, and the interim results of the artistic research will be presented during a symposium. At the start of 2020 the art project will be turned into a permanent part of the hospital. Art in the Outside-In Garden was made possible thanks to the Mondriaan Fonds (the Mondriaan Foundation) and Cultuurimplus Venlo (Culture Impulse Venlo).
*An experience garden is a garden where both body and mind are stimulated by means of various ‘experiences’ in the garden, for instance the relaxing smell of flowers or the calming sound of water features.