A New Light Break at Gigthospitalet Sønderborg

Nicolai Howalt

published by: Fabrikbooks & Gigtforeningen

year: 2020

designed by: Rasmus Koch Studio

installation photos: David Stjernholm

format: 20,5 x 24 cm

no. of pages: 56

no. of illustrations: 34


no. of edition: 1500

ISBN: 978-87-998207-8-8

price: €20 – free shipping within Denmark on orders above €60

The decoration at Dansk Gigthospital in Sønderborg (Danish Arthritis Hospital) was created by Danish artist Nicolai Howalt and originates from his photographic work series “Light Break”.

Light Break is based on the Nobel Prize winner Niels Ryberg Finsen’s work with light therapy in the late 1800s: A form of therapy that treated patients by exposing them to certain wavelengths in the sun’s light.

At Dansk Gigthospital, large glass sections with Nicolai Howalt’s photographs of the sun’s healing, ultraviolet and infrared rays have been carefully integrated into the hospital’s architecture and appear as artistic portals that can stimulate spiritually and mentally.

Research in art in hospital environments has shown that art has a healing effect on patients, and Howalt’s decoration at the hospital in Sønderborg helps to show the potential of art in coexistence with treatment and care.

This catalogue contains documentation images from the hospital as well as images from the Light Break series.