Public Art Commission: Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1

Inspired by species and landforms characteristic of the Blue Mountains region, artworks by Nicola Moss feature on the walls and corridors of the new Stage 1 tower of Nepean Hospital, presenting elements in each of the four sensory landscape palettes. The site-specific artworks carefully consider the users within different hospital spaces.  Details of texture and species diversity are layered within larger pools of colour to create a welcoming environment.


The Nepean Hospital Redevelopment Internal Walls Stage 1 Art Project is curated and managed by Creative Road Art Projects, in collaboration with BVN Architects. With Thanks to the team involved.

Artist statement:

Breathing in Mountains reflects on the experience of encountering intimate details within a vast landscape. Unique topographies of the Greater Blue Mountains are featured in backdrops of rockface, sky, river and forest, punctuated with details of wild flowers, birds, gum nut and contour patterns.

Drawn from memories of walks, each artwork records textures of sensory engagement and feelings of place. Looking to the sky through eucalypt leaf or finding a frog in a rockpool. For the artist, these moments speak of a sense of well-being she feels when in contact with nature.

Breathing in Mountains considers metaphorically the Nepean Hospital operating as a landscape of care and well-being. Within this ecology of health; patients, visitors, staff and carers, experience details of intimacy in connected relationships of care and service. 

Breathing in Mountains

paper collage and acrylic paint digitally printed on vinyl

Nicola Moss


Photo by Silversalt.