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[Perspectives] Giving meaning to art in hospital care

Care units are not generally noted for their visual appeal. But Garnet Ward, a dementia care unit in north London, UK, run by the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, is different. On the walls of one room, stylised paintings of exotic plants from around the world conjure up scenes of travel and exploration. Elsewhere, a landscape mural full of intrigue and wonder glows like stained glass. The wall of one little nook is a swirling wash of abstract blues, pinks, and greens that could be one of J M W Turner’s skies at sunrise.