Mood-Boosting Light Installation Unveiled at London Hospital

As the UK begins to emerge from lockdown, Brits can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel – especially if they stroll through this new mood-boosting installation at a London hospital

Lead image: Mikael Buck / Hyundai

More than 54% of Brits have said they’re feeling more optimistic than at any point since the pandemic began 12 months ago, according to new research.

Hyundai, the leading car manufacturer, has surveyed over 2,000 Brits and found that half (47%) are confident we are over the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The majority (55%) are optimistic that the UK will stick to the roadmap outlined by Boris Johnson two weeks ago, which will see all legal limits on social contact lifted on Monday 21 June.

However, 54% said they have found this lockdown more difficult than the first lockdown in March 2020. Three-quarters (73%) said they felt lethargic and slept during the day, while almost two-thirds confess they suffered from a persistent low mood (65%), a loss of interest in everyday activities (65%), or gained weight (62%).

‘The Tunnel of Light has been designed to recreate the brightness of the sun and offer a burst of optimism’

A whopping 9 out of 10 revealed that they suffered as a result of the social restrictions during winter, with sunlight being important to their physical (87%) and mental (89%) wellbeing.

In response, Hyundai has launched the world’s first Tunnel of Light, designed to recreate the brightness of the sun and offer a burst of optimism for some of those affected by the pandemic.

‘Sunlight boosts our mental health by increasing serotonin and Vitamin D, improving our sleep and mood,’ said Paul Crawford, Professor at the Institute of Mental Health and author of Cabin Fever: Surviving Lockdown in the Coronavirus Pandemic.

‘It literally gives us a sunny disposition – something we all need just now! In a hospital so connected with Florence Nightingale… it offers a powerful symbol of hope and recovery after what has been a challenging year for many.’

‘Sunlight boosts our mental health by increasing serotonin and Vitamin D, improving our sleep and mood’

Created by world renowned light artists Squidsoup, the installation has been gifted to St Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust as it celebrates administering 100,000 vaccinations.

Located outside St Guy’s at London Bridge, the nine-metre-long structure is stacked with 160 ‘sun pixel’ lightboxes covering 25m², designed to emulate the sun’s rays and leave visitors feeling invigorated and refreshed.

The Tunnel of Light design and technology was inspired by the new Hyundai Tucson, available now in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and 48-volt mild hybrid options with new features such as the aesthetic Parametric Hidden Lights.

The Hyundai Tunnel of Light will be in situ from 8 March until 4 April