YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL PROJECT
I had the opportunity to work with Nancy Samotis, art consultant and interior designer, on a series of commissioned fine art prints to decorate the walls of the new muscular skeletal wing at Yale New Haven hospital in Connecticut. We wanted to provide color and inspiration for the patients, visitors and healthcare providers who work at the facility. The project was supervised with the input and inspiration of Mary O'Connor, MD, director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care, YNHH and Yale School of Medicine.
The Grand entance - a duratran diptych
We needed an impressive entrance to the wing. The goal was to come up with a look that is contemporary, while conveying motion and technology. I created two long horizontal images for the nurse's station that are very colorful and vibrantly backlit. I based the idea of my men in wheels on Da Vinci's famous drawing, Vitruvian Man.
Here's a closeup.
FRAMED CIGLEE PRINTS FOR THE Hallways
As you travel through the space, you can see a different image at the end of every corridor, and prints throughout the hallways. These are signed giclee prints, 40 inches wide x 30 inches high.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE IMAGES THAT APPEAR IN THE HOSPITAL SPACE
It was important to visually convey the concepts of of strength and healing. One image is of a man in a wheelchair, with his hand raised in victory. Another shows an older woman working with a physical therapist to get better. We wanted to keep it very positive.
Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatric Ward
Before this, Nancy had asked me to create three large giclee prints for the Pediatric Ward at Yale New Haven Hospital. The images were inspired by the theme of travel, and the healing power of the beauty outside of us and in the strength that is inside of us.
In “Flying Over the World", you can see that the plane is bandaged together. The little plane has been through a lot, but here you see it flying high above the world, happy and strong. It can do anything.
The plane flies over magical landscapes, with many colors, animals, people, bugs and boats.
The horse in”The Horseback Rider” is made of puzzle pieces, but the rider is strong and confident. Together they can travel anywhere they need to go. In the same way our spirits animate our bodies. Our minds can help us overcome the obstacles.
new Art for the McGivney Surgical Center
I'm excited about a newly-completed commission to create mural-sized fine art prints for the halls of the new McGivney surgical center in Connecticut. The project called for three related images, symbolizing a patients progress from the healing stage to normal activity. We were going for something colorful and uplifting, full of life and motion, and suggesting the idea of family, outdoors, and joie de vivre.
While working on this project, I came up with several ambient landscapes that I had designed to create a calming effect for the patients, visitors, and medical personnel at a future hospital. My landcapes are very colorful, and are readily-available for the walls of a future space.