Human Collections

Submitted by Eric Staller

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Client: Butterworth Woman's and Children's Hospital

Location: Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Completion date: 2000

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team

Interior Designer

Deborah Schmidt

Deborah Schmidt Design

Architect

Jeff Grill

Jeff Grill Architect

Artist

Eric Staller

Overview

The Human Collections consists of 12 cabinets in the shape of a man, each 75″ high, 12″ deep, each with a different contents, under glass and back lit with neon. In the corridor, collections are spaced 15' apart, six on either side of a 100' long space.

Goals

This hospital specializes in children's illnesses and is a place where families are facing stress and worry, and often a lot of waiting. The Human Collections offers a respite, a distraction from the business of being in the hospital.

Process

I worked with the hospital's in-house architect, an interior designer, a furniture builder and a number of installers. I assembled the collections of objects over several months.