Participatory project and site-specific installation commissioned by NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital between 18 May 2016 – 31 August 2016.
Over two days in May 2016, a casting workshop in NHS Forth Valley Royal Hospital invited staff, patients, and visitors to participate by making an alginate impression of the space between our hands as we held hands.
68 people took part, many holding my hand and some pairing in other ways: a nurse and patient; a husband and wife; a mother and child. The process required 2 minutes of stillness while the alginate material being held between the hands took on its form. Later, I cast the alginate impressions into 56 individual plaster pieces, each was unique and a direct representation of the contact between the people who made them.
Between June and August 2016 56 individual plaster pieces were installed in the atrium of Forth Valley Royal Hospital accompanied by pink vinyl text and a printed handout. Each plaster piece was approximately 95mm x 95mm x 30mm. The full length of the installation was approximately 11 metres.
With thanks to the staff, patients, and visitors who contributed:
Adam, Adele, Agnes, Aileen, Alan, Alec, Alex, Alexander, Alice, Alison, Alison, Alison, Ally, Anna, Anne, Anne-Marie, Avril, Beth, Brian, Catherine, Catherine, Charmaine, Chelsea, Chloé, Claire, David, Derek, Elle, Emily, Eric, Gladys, Hazel, Jack, John, Jordane, Julie, Julie, June, Laura, Lesley, Linda, Lindsey, Margaret, Margaret, Mark, Martin, Mary, Mathew, Moira, Monsieur, Nicola, Rachel, Rosemary, Ruth, Sarah, Sarah, Shann, Shona, Sonja, Stephanie, Tim, Tracey, Tracy, Veronica, Viki, Wilma, Xavier