Mount Carmel Hospital

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Client: Trinity Health System

Location: Grove City, OH, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $58,000

Project Team

Art Consultant

Aubrey Thorp

Distinctive Art Source

Industry Resource

Dana Hennis

Lochsa Engineering

Artist

Susan Madacsi

Overview

Four 6’ 4” wide segments in this wall piece, Prairie Vistas, come together to depict a quiet expanse of horizon in the pastoral Ohio countryside. The landscape is composed of hundreds of medallions; each one forged and painted by hand, linked together to create a gentle, rolling backdrop for a bustling hospital corridor.

Goals

Mount Carmel is a brand new state-of-the-art healthcare facility built from the ground up. This $355 million dollar, 500,000-square-foot, 210-room hospital in Grove City was built to replace the outdated 130-year-old hospital in Franklinton. As part of the Trinity Health System, a national Catholic system of hospitals, it’s important for them to have artwork that expresses their religious foundation.

If you look closely, you can seek and find engraved icons exemplifying the parables; simple stories used to illustrate moral or spiritual lessons, as seen here (left) in a detail image of the artwork. These engravings integrate the provider’s mission and Catholic heritage through parables illustrative of the Catholic Sensibilities, and also offer a fun way for people to interact with the artwork. Art in the healing environment provides a special purposefulness. It beautifies spaces, inspires calmness, and aims to kindle meaningful reflections within its viewers, but it also creates memorable moments that serve as way-finding guideposts within large or complex spaces.

Process

For this project we developed two design proposals for the client to choose from. A corridor just outside of a dining hall was selected as the location for the piece. The wall where the art was to be installed is a long convex wall. After the curve of the wall was built, we requested that the construction manager take a direct template, so that we were assured the final design would follow the real curve of the wall. Working with our own engineers, who were also qualified in Ohio, we had certified plans drafted and stamped to aid in artwork design and our installation.

We worked closely with the art consultant on details such as site placement, color palettes, and scope until we arrived at the final design. We worked with Idaho artists to produce digital renderings of the design proposals, as well as to illustrate the parable icons that were engraved into the artwork.

The team built custom shipping crates to transport the artwork from Idaho to Ohio and we flew in to receive the shipment and complete the two-day install.

Additional Information

View this Project on our website: www.madacsistudios.com/mount-carmel