Saturday, January 28, 2012

September 23, 2011 -- Mosaics Delivered to Capital Health Medical Center

Big day! The final group of mosaics—15 abstracts—commissioned by Capital Health Medical System are complete and swathed in layers of bubble wrap. They will be loaded into my Subaru station wagon and delivered today to the new state-of-the-art hospital in Hopewell, NJ where they will await installation by art consultant Lin Swensson and her team of professional art installers.
My logistics manager wheeling seven of the abstracts to the hospital door.
The first group of mosaics to be finished—nine panels depicting New Jersey landscapes–were delivered in August and are already hung in the Adult Emergency Room Waiting Area.
New Jersey Landscape Suite: this grouping installed on the left. ©2011 RHMA.
New Jersey Landscape Suite: this grouping installed on the right. ©2011 RHMA.
Today's delivery completes the commission. There is one single-panel mosaic, one diptych, and four triptychs. Six of the panels were purchased from existing inventory, but in each case, I was asked to enlarge the composition by adding one or two new panels. All told, the commission represents ten months of steady studio work with very few breaks. Given the amount of variety in the assignment, it was a real joy from start to finish.

I feel fortunate to have my work so well represented in a new hospital in my own community where it will be a meaningful addition to the healing environment. It is a particular honor to have my mosaic Flow installed as the artistic focal point in the hospital’s inter-faith chapel. I believe that original art in medical settings can play a powerful role in creating a soothing, stress-reducing environment for patients, their family members, and staff and applaud the hospital’s visionary leadership in seeking out original work by almost 80 local and regional artists from New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Flow, 32 inches square, in handout opaque, iridescent, and metallic glass, ©2011 RHMA. 
November 6th is the official opening day for Capital Health Medical Center–Hopewell, but there will be community open house events throughout October to give the public a sneak peek of the new facility, equipped with all the latest medical technology in a LEED-certified “green” building. With its soaring architecture, cozy seating areas, walls of windows, healing gardens, and private patient suites, people are likely to think they’ve entered a contemporary luxury resort, not a traditional hospital. It was exactly the impression Capital Health sought to create: “ an environment designed to calm and comfort, heal and nurture, protect and support.”  The hundreds of paintings, sculptures, mixed media panels, and sculptures featured throughout the public spaces and patient rooms certainly enhances that impression.

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