Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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28 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 Community-minded Regional photography or illustrations are another growing trend. Many hospitals want to connect with the community by showcasing photography taken of the local area. Most facilities request to have images relevant to the surroundings. For example, if the hospital is located in Texas, then photography or paintings that refl ect Texas landscapes or culture are used. If the area is historic, then displaying photographs, text and graphics explaining the area's rich culture is becoming an important feature for clients. In another recently completed project, my own photography skills were used to capture images of several historic landmarks around the area. The sepia images were then printed on metal to create a modern, dramatic presentation. Each print, along with a plaque providing its historical description, was displayed along a hallway near the surgery waiting area. This art installation provided a calming distraction for families waiting for loved ones undergoing surgery. Printing photography on different substrates like stainless steel, copper or acrylic gives the photograph more depth and dimension. It takes a standard image and gives it a more modern twist. Art in the digital age With today's world of modern technology, digital art is becoming more popular. In some patient rooms, artwork can be dis- played digitally on TVs and programmed to scroll through several nature-like photographs in a timed manner. In other cases, the TVs are pre-programmed to have several channels set with different images, providing patients with the option to choose what images to view. This gives the patients a sense of control, which can signifi cantly decrease stress. Offering options and choices to a patient through artwork, allowing them to adjust lighting levels or temperature, can make a signifi - cant impact on the healing process. Interactive art installations are another form of digital art. They are generally computer-based and frequently rely on sensors, which gauge things such as temperature, motion, proximity and other meteorological phenomena programmed in order to elicit responses based on participant action. In interactive artwork, both the audience and the machine work together in dialogue in order to produce a completely unique display for each audience. However, because it is interactive, each observer makes their own interpretation of the artwork and it may be completely different than another observer's views. Interactive art is seen more typically in large venues such as Left: "Nurturing Dancers" by Jerry Daniel is a three-sided volumetric form made of natural aged steel. His dancer series explores the idea of reducing the human fi gures to brushstrokes of steel, which suggest joy, movement and rhythm fl owing in visual harmony with both nature and architecture. Above: This wall sculpture, Nandina III, was created by Texas artist Laura Adams. She draws inspiration from the infi nite forms in nature. SCULPTURES: MICHAEL CAGLE; STEEL: SHANE MOMMERS

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