June 2017

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Healing Art III

Healing art is the organizing principle of this month’s issue. Artists and designers create spaces of reflection, meditation, and transformation, using the power of the creative process as a healing force in our environments. This issue of CODAmagazine demonstrates that the integration of art can play a key role in creating warm and welcoming habitats — hospital interiors, medical exam rooms, chapels, and gardens are all featured, showcasing creativity’s healthy influence. Furthermore, collaborative at their core, these projects developed not only from the minds of designers, artists, and architects, but also healthcare professionals, public art agencies, and art consultants. It’s a spectacular collection—an example of the wondrous things creative professionals can accomplish when they collaborate. Dealing with life’s issues is common to the human community. During those times, it’s comforting to be surrounded by colors, materials, and imagery that calm, uplift, soothe, and restore. This month’s magazine, Healing Art III, highlights such design + art projects.

Our magazine cover of the inpatient rooms at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in England, perfectly demonstrates the direction medical, wellness, community, and social service facilities are going when planning their interiors and exteriors. Design + art is no longer a low priority for these sectors.

In this issue, you will:

  • See a compassionate portrayal of animal care – an impressive 30-foot (9 meter) carved glass mural at Iowa State University Veterinary School
  • Witness how living artwork, created with flowers and food plants, initiated conversations in Grand Rapids, MI about it’s urban spaces incorporating more green spaces
  • Watch a video of an interactive light installation with graceful, rippling movements at a children’s hospital in Perth, Australia
  • Experience a beautiful, restoring audio-visual program at a senior long-term facility
  • and much, much more!

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