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Department of Ogolothinry (or Department of Ornithology)

© the artists. Photo credit: Vital Arts, Barts Health NHS Trust

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Devised as a joyful puzzle for visitors to disentangle, this playful work invites a spot of ‘bird’ spotting. Scattered throughout the building are forty-two colourful word paintings which each feature the scrambled name of a well known bird. With the aid of an ornithological guide, placed within a handmade shelf (recalling a bird hide) located in the waiting area, visitors can identify actual bird names.

Royal London Hospital


  • Date


  • Medium

    sign writer’s enamel on wood & books

  • Measurements

    14 x 116.5 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    commissioned, 2009


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Royal London Hospital

Whitechapel, London, Greater London E1 1BB England

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