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Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) Mural Design No. 1

© the artist. Photo credit: Scottish Maritime Museum

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This is the early draft design for a commissioned mural to be placed in the foyer of the Phase One entrance of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). Due to the then-recent Piper Alpha disaster, this design was abandoned in favour of a different work called ‘Safe Harbour’. The ARI mural design encapsulates Downie’s experience of the intense activity on the oil platform during her one-week residency placement in June 1988. She has participated in international residencies, having made work in response to diverse environments including a brewery, a maternity hospital, bridges, coastlines and estuaries.

Scottish Maritime Museum



Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) Mural Design No. 1




mixed media on watercolour and cartridge paper


H 50 x W 70 cm

Accession number

2016-030 (002)

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, 2016

Work type

Mixed media & collage


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