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Human Collections

Submitted by Eric Staller

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


Jeff Grill

Jeff Grill Architect


Eric Staller


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.


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.


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.