Looking Out Project

Welcome to the Looking Out Project. The Looking Out Project is a collaborative, interactive, art project run by Horatio’s Garden artist in residence Miranda Creswell. This is in conjunction with EnglaID, a landscape archaeological research group at the University of Oxford. The project has created 5 pictures which will be placed in the wards of the spinal centre. Each picture is like a mini curiosity cabinet featuring an ordnance survey map of the view from the patient’s room and the many curiosities that make up the view from the windows.

Patients, families, volunteers, staff and supporters can send in photographs, artwork, poems, music or audio clips to be added to the project web site by emailing them to info@horatiosgarden.org.uk

The pictures:  Using a specialist mapping technique called LIDAR, Dr Chris Green has made detailed maps which highlight what can be seen in the view and also what cannot be seen.
Miranda Creswell, in parallel, has drawn and painted parts of the view which can and cannot not be seen, for example: details of historical buildings and clouds, birds and butterflies.
Volunteer art teacher, Sheila, has worked with patients to produce pressed flower art taken directly from Horatio’s Garden, representing different times of the year, these have been set into real silver leaf and form part of the pictures. Richard Lawrence, a Letter Press printer who works and teaches printing at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, has manually printing all the titles and short explanations for the pictures. Each subject below is further explained by leading experts in their field, from University of Oxford to the RSPB.