Play and Heal

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The Royal London Hospital recently introduced a wonderful play room for children, tapping into the potential of play in healing. The room, designed by Cottrell and Vermeulen architects and designer Morag Myerscough, along with artist Chris O’Shea and Nexus Interactive Arts, is a giant living room for kids to explore. A giant lamp projects colorful characters on the floor, wallpaper is a lovingly-drawn menagerie of animals, and big foam puzzle blocks are scattered throughout the space. Central to the concept and space is a massive television screen in which kids can become part of a story, “Woodland Wiggle,” jumping and moving their way through it as their actions paint, play music, and trigger weather effects on the screen. It’s an incredibly heartwarming escape for hospital-goers.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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