Tangram Magic

April 12, 2016



We all love the Chinese puzzle game Tangram at Wallplayper and we were excited to read in this month's Creative Review how they have been used to great effect at Sheffield's Children's Hospital.


Thomas.Matthews was commissioned to create installations for the corridors, theatres and treatment rooms at the hospital to "sooth and distract patients". The age of the patients at the hospital range from 0-16 years and so the designs "needed to be an aesthetically pleasing and uplifting piece, providing tools for improvisation and dialogue, but without being patronising to older patients." says Cat Powell, director of Artfelt, the arts programme, funded by The Children's Hospital Charity, who commissioned the installations. 


The scenes use tangrams to create animals, birds, plants and buildings. The most inspired installation is a large lightbox in the ceiling of the anaesthetic room which provides a talking point for staff and patients at an anxious moment.


To see this article in full buy this month's copy of Creative Review or visit Thomas.Matthew studio's website.

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