The Challenge: Create something between London's Great Ormond Street Hospital and a neighboring building that is magical for sick kids while they're in the children's hospital.
Difficulty level: 10 stories of near unusable space in an alley.
Well, Studio Weave (featured previously on Neatorama) rose to the challenge with this marvelous creation: Lullaby Factory, a whimsical sculpture that plays "secret" music.
Studio Weave has transformed an awkward exterior space landlocked by buildings into the Lullaby Factory – a secret world that cannot be seen except from inside the hospital and cannot be heard by the naked ear, only by tuning in to its radio frequency or from a few special listening pipes.
We have designed a fantasy landscape reaching ten storeys in height and 32 metres in length, which can engage the imagination of everyone, from patients and parents to hospital staff, by providing an interesting and curious world to peer out onto. Aesthetically the Lullaby Factory is a mix of an exciting and romantic vision of industry, and the highly crafted beauty and complexity of musical instruments.
The Lullaby Factory consists of two complimentary elements: the physical factory that appears to carry out the processes of making lullabies and the soundscape. Composer and sound artist Jessica Curry has composed a brand new lullaby especially for the project, which children can engage with through listening pipes next to the canteen or from the wards by tuning into a special radio station.
(What does it sound like? Here's a sample over at audioBoo)