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Ancient Healer II

Client: Mayo Clinic

Location: Mankato, MN, United States

Completion date: 2019

Project Team


Helene Steene

Helene Steene Studio

Art Consultant

Mary Dreblow

Dreblow Fine Art Associates

Interior Designer

Sally A Enders

Mayo Clinic


A work commissioned for a large vertical wall at the Surgical Expansion at the Mankato-Mayo Health System Surgical Expansion Project in Minnesota. Final size: 144″ tall x 54″ wide x 2,5″ deep. Material: oil glazes using dry mineral pigments, over marble dust, and metal on wood panels. Calming colors were used, and the motif of Ginkgo leaves was used as the tree is one of the oldest on the planet, and has been used for ages in healing.


The Mayo Clinic has always realized the power of art in hospital settings to help with the healing of patients, and to make a positive environment, where to work. This piece was designed for the Surgical Expansion Project at the Mankato location, and was incorporated from an early start in the remodeling of the space, to fit a particular wall.


The artist was contacted by the designer, who worked with both artist and the curator/senior designer at the hospital throughout the process. The curator in turn worked with the remodeling designers at the hospital. The work was created in Lexington, KY and the communication between all parties worked very well, with floor plans, color charts, etc, etc.

Additional Information

It was a fun challenge for me, to create a piece for people I had never met, and for a wall that did not yet exist, in a place I had not seen in person. So I appreciated their trust, and was of course thrilled when they loved the piece once it arrived.