Owensboro Health’s mission was to build an affordable regional hospital to provide safe, high quality care that meets the healthcare needs of their region. Their vision to deliver a high quality, environmentally friendly, flexible, innovative and futuristic regional replacement hospital has been realized. The state-of-the-art facility continues to grow as a regional hub for medical treatment, serving patients living in more than 11 counties in Kentucky and Indiana. It features elements that promote wellness as a lifestyle, designed from ideas gathered from hospital and community groups.
Owensboro’s art committee understood the importance of art in the healing environment. They remained passionate about reflecting the importance of their land and the history of the community and surrounding counties in the new hospital through the art program.
A call to local artists prompted Mary Carothers to submit a unique, inspiring proposal entitled “Floating Seeds”, a sculpture that ascended through the 2 story outpatient entry lobby. Acknowledging the theme of hope and healing—coupled with the fact that the land occupied by the new hospital was once a field that grew soybeans and a flight pattern nature reserve—Carothers chose to work with over 600 community members in a manner that allowed them to not only tell their stories of seeds that connected them to the land, but also to cast seeds that meant so much to their life and their family.
Cast pods attached to fiber optics were suspended in a floating configuration. First floor viewers experience seeds floating up and above them while from the second floor the seeds optically unify in the shape of the Ohio River along the nearby western Kentucky and southern Indiana border.
Mary, artist and master teacher, developed a one semester art curriculum with nearby Owensboro High School in which 10 students learned advanced casting and sculpting techniques while helping to fabricate the artwork and earning a half credit in art.
Distinctive Art Source helped guide the artistic process through planning and design phases by coordinating events with the art committee and providing necessary architectural and mechanical details to the artist and her team of engineers. The artist, her engineers and KLMK’s project managers worked closely to determine the best installation method and timing as 600 fibers had to be threaded through the custom wood ceiling panels.
Casting sessions were held on multiple Saturdays over a 4 month period at a nearby nature center, the existing hospital, individual homes, schools, and even the construction office.
The artist enlisted a local symphony member to write an original score so viewers could see and hear the Seeds of Change simultaneously.
The new hospital is registered as a member of the Audubon International Signature Program – the only hospital in the world to achieve this designation. Audubon International is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to educating, assisting and inspiring people to protect and sustain natural resources. Audubon will help guide efforts while implementing a Natural Resource Management Plan.
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