Meditation Room

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Client: Hope and Healing Center

Location: Memphis, TN, United States

Completion date: 1999

Artwork budget: $62,000

Project Team

Artist

Sonya Ishii

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, LLC

Artist

Jim Hirschfield

Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, LLC

Overview

Viewing the Meditation Chapel from its exterior, visitors perceive the intent of the work through gold colored aluminum panels hosting lighted laser cut lotus designs. The panels are also experienced from the interior of the meditation room, where another lotus pattern (a healing symbol) is projected onto the floor. Benches within the space allow patrons to meditate and spend time being mindful of their holistic selves.

Goals

The Hope and Healing Center (HHC) ministers to those broken by life’s circumstances through a comprehensive program of health and wellness. In the design of their space HHC wanted to emphasize that wellness happens on a physical, mental and spiritual level. We were thus commissioned to create at the at the heart of the center a meditation space. Placing the artwork at the center of the building emphasized the importance of the space to the overall building experience.

Process

The Artists listened closely with to architects and the building owners as to their vision and responded with a design that addressed the concept of healing.