SKY 1-32

Artist Name(s) Michael Durand
Artwork title SKY 1-32
Context/Background SKY 1-32 was a commission funded by public donations to Medical 4, the oncology ward of Waterford Regional Hospital. It was exhibited in the day ward, the corridors and single and double rooms of the hospital.


Sky 1-32 is a series of 32 photographic images presented as ceiling light boxes and  large scale vinyl and framed prints situated throughout the oncology ward, Medical 4, of Waterford Regional Hospital. The work looks at the beauty of the natural world, travel and flight. The aspiration was to create uniformity and allow a space for contemplation in what can be a stressful environment.

The ceiling pieces were photographed from ground level while the vinyl and prints were made through the windows of aeroplanes. These pieces are titled after the destination to which the artist, Michael Durand was travelling. They are quite abstract, allowing the viewer to form their own thoughts and feelings in response to the work. 


The launch of Medical 4 was documented by local press including the Munster Express, Waterford Today and the Waterford News and Star.


Michael Durand is a graduate of the photography and fine art programmes of Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in National and International spaces. Recent exhibitions and commissions include the EU Council of Ministers' Brussels, the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, the Central Bank, Dublin and the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Michael's work has been published as editioned books and catalogues; 21 PostcardsEuropeans 04, and The Bank. Michael's most recent piece The Nurses' Home was produced as a limited edition hardback publication by MCO projects.

Commission Type Other
Commissioner Name Medical 4 - Waterford Regional Hospital
Commissioning process Open Competition
Project commission dates June 30, 2007 - March 30, 2008
Partners Waterford Healing Arts Trust
Artform Visual Arts
Art Practice Arts and health
Funded By Other
Budget Range 10000 - 30000 euro
Project commission start date 30/06/2007
Project commission end date 30/03/2008
Location Medical 4, Waterford Regional Hospital
County Waterford
Town Waterford
Street Address Dunmore Road
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Content contributor(s) Michael Durand
Relationship to project Artist
Public engagement

Staff and visitors to Medical 4 were given the opportunity to engage with the work prior to installation, and to select final images and locations.

Associated professionals / Specialists involved

Installation of the work required assistance of a professional exhibition hanger 



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