Artist Annabel Konig recently finished installing 31 photographic images in a nursing unit in Dublin, Ireland. These images are all of nature, some show animals such as donkeys, dogs, lambs and then there are images of sunsets, park benches in luscious greens or rivers with quiet swans. The aim of the work is to encourage conversation and remembered stories, allowing for conversation between people who spend large amounts of time in the unit. The work also helps the patient’s family who come to visit by sparking a recollection of a story or happy time.
According to the Head of Nursing, Ciara Dowling, the artworks ‘really bring a calming fresh atmosphere to the unit. It was amazing to watch the patients with dementia reaction to the photographs especially to the donkeys!!!’