Foxglove

Submitted by Ed Carpenter

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Client: Bexar County Hospital District, dba University Health System

Location: San Antonio, TX, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team

Artist

Ed Carpenter

Architect

Perkins + Will

Perkins + Will

Other

Curtis Pittman

Ed Carpenter Studio

Other

Arleen Daugherty

Ed Carpenter Studio

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KPFF

KPFF Engineering

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Beilla Lighting Design

Beilla Lighting Design

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Albina Pipe

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Glass Strategies

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Carl Stahl DecorCable Inc.

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CMC Structural

CMC Structural

Overview

“Foxglove” / University Hospital Sky Tower, San Antonio, TX 2014 / Lobby sculpture / 15′ x 30′ x 46′ /
Stainless steel net, painted steel rings, stainless steel cables and hardware, laminated glass, lighting, Terrazzo flooring. /
“Foxglove”, in the lobby of San Antonio’s new University Hospital Tower, is a glowing lantern greeting visitors from outside and inside. Its form may be reminiscent of the familiar wildflower whose graceful blossom can be found each spring around the country. The botanical term for foxglove is “digitalis”, once a common heart medicine derived from the foxglove plant. However, the blossom can be deadly if eaten, so there is an intriguing tension between foxglove’s therapeutic and toxic qualities—the type of delicate balance that is common in modern health care practice. The terrazzo floor, also designed by Ed Carpenter, extends the sculpture, and draws one into its realm to discover views up inside “Foxglove”.