Hospitals can be quite a drag. Sanitized smells, blank walls and ceilings, waiting, anxieties about illness. All in all, most view hospitals as having a quite depressing atmosphere. But not all of them.
For seven years, Italian painter Silvio Irilli has dedicated himself to changing the image of Italian hospitals with his Ospedali Dipinti (Painted Hospitals) project. Over this period, he has managed to radically transform various units of 12 hospitals: from an oculist's office and reception to children's, radiology, and cancer units. The artist has a few distinct styles that he uses. He draws very realistic scenes from aquatic life, cartoon-like animals that are well-received with children, and landscapes that give more space to the room.
The artist told Bored Panda what the motivation behind it is: "It means bringing a message of welcome, of support to the doctors who must follow the patient and accompany him for therapy. Above all, it means giving some relief to patients who have to face a path where courage and dignity are needed."
Silvio is also sensitive to how it may help children who are scared and feel uncomfortable. "It becomes even more important when the therapy is faced by children, who find themselves by force majeure in a context that is outside their world. It is important to recreate their world in a hospital ward that allows them to continue dreaming. That’s why every work I create must interact with the children, telling them a story so that their therapy path becomes a game."
He also does this not only for children, but for adults, too. In such cases, the drawings are somewhat different than the ones for kids. "For adults, however, the settings that I create concern the enhancement of the territory, so rich in history that it can make them enter another dimension. I love transforming hospital wards into EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS: because the Patient is not just a Patient, but above all a Person!"
If you like his work and support his message, make sure you follow him on his social media pages and website linked above. In the current crisis, if we were sick in a hospital, I'm sure we'd all appreciate this wall art, and recover faster. That's that, enjoy Silvio's beautiful work!
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