Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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mcdmag.com September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 27 site-specifi c public art placements and procured and purchased artwork for hall- ways, public areas and clinical spaces. The program incorporated over 75 local and regional artists with a variety of mediums ranging from glass, weaving, mixed media, paintings, photography and prints. The enhancements were incorporated into the interior design, as well as the exterior architecture. For example, the innovative sunscreen on the curtainwall, designed by artist Ned Kahn, integrates artwork as the small aluminum panels refl ect the light creating a soft rhythmic dance along the entrance of the building and casting interesting shadows on each fl oor's lobby. It made an impact on the uted to sustainable design by creating a shading device. It's well known that a number of stud- ies have presented strong evidence that contact with nature can signifi cantly de- crease stress, reduce anger and fear and increase pleasant feelings. Artwork with a nature theme is one way to achieve this calming effect. When thinking of artwork in a hospital, many may think merely of nature scenes or nature photography. However, there is an increasing trend to incorporate an eclectic blend of works and mediums. Paintings, textiles, glass, sculptures, pottery, watercolors, photog- raphy and much more are being incorpo- rated into the design of hospitals. Vivid abstract art with full spectrum color is being used more often, espe- cially in the public areas, while the more nature-inspired artwork is located in the clinical spaces. A timeless, "museum- quality" fi ne art look throughout the facility that creates positive distractions for patients and their families is becom- ing a frequent request from clients; they want to create a gallery-like feel in public spaces with art. More hospitals are incor- porating an art brochure given to visitors that provides a description of each piece of artwork within the public areas, so families can take a tour of the hospital and learn about the artwork displayed. This offers a positive distraction and aids in alleviating the stress for families. Left: The innovative sunscreen of the facility helps shade the west side from the harsh Texas sun, while allowing light to pass through into the building and aesthetically enhance the exterior fa ade. Designed by artist Ned Kahn, the artwork refl ects the light creating a soft rhythmic dance along the entrance of the building. Above: Inspired by Lewis and Clark's expedition journal entries documenting the fl ora and fauna of the region, the design of this lobby incorporated a series of plexiglass layers that integrate sketches and handwrit- ten text about the Indian Blanket, Oklahoma's state fl ower.

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