Client: Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Location: Palo Alto, CA, United States
Completion date: 2019
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford (Art Curator)
Aesthetics was hired as the art consultant to develop an art collection for the new clinic space for the Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center in their new 2.5 building at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The new heart center was designed by Architect Perkins & Will who used innovative sustainable features. The art program was developed hand-in-hand with the architecture, and it was a two-year project, with installation completed in 2019. Included in the art program are mosaics, paintings, mixed media and photography for the corridors, exam rooms, treatment rooms and consultation areas.
Goals of the art program were to:
• Provide experiences that inspire, delight, distract and find relief from pain and anxiety for a diverse population of children spanning a variety of ages, ethnicities, education and social backgrounds.
• Provide integrated evidence-based design arts programs that will assist and empower patients of all ages and their families, in their own healing process.
• Provide opportunities for education, discovery and social support for patients at a critical time in their lives.
In the waiting room there are two custom rear-illuminated architectural cast glass art pieces that span the length of the room, which give patients the impression of being outdoors with nature and forest animals. The design and fabrication were created by Trellage-Ferrill Studio. Custom art was designed for pulmonary treatment rooms and a fitness lab, which was then scanned, enlarged and printed on high intensity wall protection panels. There were several custom glass and mosaic wall features made for the main corridors to and from the exams and treatment areas. Stakeholder engagement was both broad and deep on this project. This new space was designed with input from the hospital’s Family Advisory Council, a group of patient families who contribute their perspectives as parents to endure that the hospital is leading with a family-centered design approach. There was also an Arts Committee with a diverse makeup of community members, clinical, design, child psychology, administrators and families. Meetings and reviews by the art committee occurred quarterly. Whenever needed, engagement of experts from Stanford University were brought into the project as advisors.
The art in the heart center, which is on the first floor of the main building, is now part of Lucile Packard’s collection of over 500 works of art, and a matrix was developed to ensure selected artwork was appealing to children of all genders, all ages, abilities, socio-economic groups and nationalities. The matrix covered a variety of criteria to ensure that diversity of interest would be very broad. A call for art was distributed throughout the State of California and the majority of commissions were created by in-state artists.