Branching Forms — artwork for New Radcliffe House, 2012
In 2012 Oona Culley was chosen through an invited competition to develop an artwork for New Radcliffe House, which is home to three GP surgeries in the new health centre for the Jericho community, as well as offices for members of the University’s Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Oxford University Press. The artist worked closely with the University and the medical and administrative teams in developing her concept and imagery.
Oona’s artwork — Branching Forms — was installed in summer 2013, and extends from the exterior glazing of the main entrance into the building’s interior and the health centre’s reception area. Oona draws on the restorative powers of nature, connecting the natural landscape outside the building with the interior landscape of human anatomy. Images of tree branches at the entrance subtly transform into blood vessels and complex cell structures as you move through the building.
Oona trained at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2005. She has completed public art commissions for St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals, as well as for British Airways at Heathrow airport.