Client: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Location: Hershey, PA, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $35,000
Talley Fisher Sculpture, LLC
Claire de Boer
Penn State Health
This corridor sculpture is located in the Children’s ER of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and consists of playful leaves that extend 75′ down the hallway and sit 4′ high. Local insects and animals are hidden in the unique designs of each leaf, creating a fun “seek and find” element for the children, while the colors serve as a wayfinding tool. Solid aluminum overlays sit on top of perforated aluminum elements, creating the illusion of depth, while the overlapping perforations create interesting moiré patterns in the voids. The hallway is commonly used by waiting families or those who want a quiet reprieve, where large windows look out over an adjacent garden. Bright, powder coating finishes are highlighted by the abundant natural light, creating an uplifting and playful environment.
The site of the sculpture is primarily used for transportation between the Children's ER and the rest of the hospital, but also serves as a quiet place for waiting families. The goal was to create a fun, interactive wall sculpture to keep children engaged while beautifying the space. Claire de Boer, with Penn State Health, served as the liaison between our firm and the hospital, helping us to establish the botanical theme and adhere to all guidelines for the site.