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stmarysnursesThe Koan at the front entrance of St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, an iconic piece of artwork which was designed and built back in 1997, could turn once again thanks to a charitable approach by a local firm.

Although no plans are in place for the NHS to fund any repairs to the controversial structure, an unnamed business has approached the trust to fund and carry out the necessary repairs to bring light back to the Koan once again.

A spokesperson for the NHS Isle of Wight Trust said:

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“There is planned renovation and maintenance work to be carried in 2014 which will restore the fibre optic lighting and the potential for the structure to revolve based on its original design”.

Although maintenance has been carried out as recently as 2007 under a a planned 10 year maintenance programme, the Koan has not rotated for the majority of its life since the installation in the late 90s. The last maintenance work that was carried out on the Koan was in July 2007 and was funded by the Lottery grant.

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