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An ArtPrize Environment in the New Children’s Hospital
by Trillium Hibbeln on 09/24/2010 at 12:12 PM

While ArtPrize is drawing great crowds to downtown Grand Rapids, I feel like we have our own version of ArtPrize being installed at the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. I was struck by the comparison during a presentation I was making at a children's hospital committee meeting this week. One of the slides I shared stated that 9,000 children have been involved in creating more than 1.500 pieces of art that will be displayed. "That's about as many pieces as are part of ArtPrize," one of my colleagues commented.

Later in the day, during a tour of the children's hospital with a group of physicians we were as thrilled to see the art decorating the walls already as we were to see the new clinical spaces.

Of course everyone was enthralled  by the giant mosaic mural in the main lobby, produced by 2009 ArtPrize runner-up Tracy vanDuinen involving hundreds of children. It covers 1400 square feet of the south wall of the lobby and is just breathtaking in its scale and execution of the theme: "what makes you happy."

But we were just as enthused seeing the sheer number of pieces of children's art already on display. Long hallways in the Radiology area feature colorful images of animals, including fish prints, and fanciful birds. A display called "things that move" represented a giant circus train. Smaller pieces included a series of robots made from Legos.

The artwork created by kids is being coordinated and installed under the direction of LaFontsee Galleries of Grand Rapids. But the idea of all the art being made by children is really the brainchild of our president, Dr. Bob Connors. His vision for art made by children is that it would help make children feel comfortable and safe. Kids would recognize that they are valued in an environment where children's art is front and center.

It is so awe inspiring to see this artistic vision come to life in the context of an exciting new vision for children's health care, the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital that will open on 1-11-11.



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Comment posted by Trillium Hibbeln on 10/08/2010 at 1:56 PM
Children and their families, along with the community at large, will have a chance to tour the new hospital before it opens. Watch for future posts for information about the events
Comment posted by Doug Karel on 10/08/2010 at 1:48 PM
As a parent of one of the children artists, I am excited to see these pictures. I am also curious if there will be an opportunity for the children artists (and their parents of course!) to view the artwork prior to the opening or at the official openinging?
Comment posted by MLBrinks on 09/24/2010 at 12:27 PM
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