Department of Ogolothinry (or Department of Ornithology)

© the artists. Image 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. This work, intended to provide momentary escape and distraction, is inspired by a love of the country and the therapeutic value of engaging with nature.

Royal London Hospital



Department of Ogolothinry (or Department of Ornithology)




sign writer’s enamel on wood & books


H 14 x W 87.5 cm

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commissioned, 2009

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Royal London Hospital

Whitechapel, London, Greater London E1 1BB England

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