Holy Cow! was commissioned to create an interactive timeline detailing the history of St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney as a permanent installation in the foyer of the new East Wing.
Inspired by an exhibition at the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre in Dublin, the installation was to tell the story of this historic institution – past, present and future.
Part exhibition, part digital experience, the multimedia installation combines interactive touchscreens, original video content, push-button audio, illuminated images and large-format environmental graphics to inform and engage patients, visitors and staff.
To offer true accessibility in a hospital environment, the interactive touchscreen sequences also include a drop-down menu feature for those in a wheelchair.
Over eight metres in length, the interactive timeline is presented in a linear format, from its early origins with Mary Aikenhead in Ireland in 1815, culminating in the future of medicine through research and technology.
Two 55” digital touchscreens present a range of interactive content, including topics such as The Women of St Vincent’s Private, Famous Patients and Mission, Values and Charism.
The interactive content contains over 30 individual interviews with specialist doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers to present an in-depth and interesting cross section of the StVincent’s Private Hospital Sydney community.
As well as the privilege of being invited to work on a creative project of such historic significance, this project has given us a deeper respect for all the incredible people who have been part of the St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney story, since the very beginning.