Wallpaper design for an unnamed hotel chain. Wallpaper contains graphical elements of the SARS virus which broke out from a hotel in Hong Kong and spread to 24 countries in a matter of days.
Documentation of intervention in a hotel room
Disease, Design and Trade : The SARS coronavirus
Pathogens have followed trade routes across the world for as long as these routes have existed, from the spice roads to the slave trade, we have transported microbial life across borders and oceans. These pathogens change and evolve during their journey, with sometimes catastrophic consequences. The SARS outbreak of 2002/3 illustrated not only that this linkage still exists, but is amplified by the globalization of trade and widespread air travel. Even money, the essential component of trade and the most physically touched object in human culture, provides a rich environment for the transport of bacteria, fungi and viruses.