Watercolor Wall

Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
Watercolor Wall
  • In →
  • Acrylic,
  • Indoor,
  • Interactive,
  • LED

Watercolor Wall is a series of illuminated, interactive sculptures. There are Watercolor Walls in hospitals and children’s museums such as Square & Compass Children’s Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital and Austin’s The Thinkery. The sculpture allows people to explore a rainbow of colors with just a touch. Visitors can paint the wall by pressing their fingers to the silver discs or silver graphics like flowers, birds, or fish. By holding their hands to the touch-sensitive objects, they can change areas of the wall to different colors along a continuously variable spectrum. Colors leak between the regions in a manner similar to how watercolor paint blends on paper thereby turning each visitor into an artist.

The piece was inspired by using creativity and play to promote healing. The artist researched how play reduces stress experienced by children in a healthcare setting, shortens hospital stays and reduces the use of analgesics during recovery. Watercolor Wall is a purposefully simple artwork that allows visitors of all ages and ability levels to have a reassuring and creative ‘play’ experience by transforming the colors in the piece.

There are countless variations for different colors and patterns, allowing people to continuously explore the piece. Watercolor walls can be custom designed with different themes and shapes and can fit an entire wall or just a portion of the wall. Our high powered LED lights are visible even in a well-lit office during bright daytime hours.

Status:
ongoing series

Dimensions:
10' x 6' x 2', 4' x 7' x 1'

Materials:
acrylic, LEDs, touch-sensitive electronics

Location:
multiple locations

Commissioning Agency:
Square & Compass Children's Clinic, Boston Children's Hospital, The Thinkery

Artist:
Joe O'Connell