St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Selects Michigan Artists To Provide Artwork For New South Patient Tower
Eighty-Four Artists Chosen; Works Will Depict Peace and Healing in a Variety of Media
Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has selected 84 Michigan artists to provide artwork for its new South Patient Tower scheduled to open in 2014.
A call for artists issued this spring by SJMO requested submissions that support the healing journey, represent the community and present elements of nature or water and landscapes. Peace and healing is the dominant theme of the art project. The SJMO arts program is aimed at creating an experience that heals bodies, nurtures souls and comforts hearts.
Submissions represented a variety of media, including sculpture; two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork; original art; oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings; limited edition prints, giclee prints, mixed-media art, glass, mosaics, wall sculpture, fabric art, collages and photography.
The newly acquired artworks, both purchased and commissioned, will be placed in the new main lobby, elevator lobbies, waiting rooms, corridors, consultation rooms, patient rooms and public areas.
More than 225 artists from throughout Michigan applied to have their artwork considered. A total of nearly 850 pieces of artwork will be selected, including 47 major commissions. Aesthetics, Inc., of San Diego, Calif., is coordinating the art project with SJMO leadership. Funding for the artwork is being provided by private donors.
Selected artists and their cities of residence include:
SJMO’s new eight-story South Patient Tower will have 208 technologically enhanced, private patient rooms. Patient rooms will be configured for comfort and include the latest innovations for clinical staff to provide optimal care. In addition, there will be plenty of support space for families, who are vital to the healing process. The new patient rooms are designed for medical/surgical patients and will deploy the most advanced medical and communication technology.
Some features of the new tower include:
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