Oklahoma University Hospital. OU Medical Centre, Oklahoma, USA

Submitted by Martin Donlin

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Client: Oklahoma University Hospital

Location: Oklahoma City, OK, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Artist

Martin Donlin

Martin Donlin Ltd

Manufacturer

Peter Kaufmann, Jan Peters

Peters Studios

Art Consultant

Natalie Lytle

D&K Art Consultants

Overview

4 LED Light Boxes 5 feet (1.5 Metres) square.
Hand painted and ceramic enamel printed toughened glass.
Symbols relating to the study of medicine are juxtaposed with one another to form a rhythmical movement in the design, these images are simple medical and chemistry vessels and flasks that form an abstracted background to each panel.

Simple forms of how students documented their studies are included as passages of time: the 1910 panel has a “Chalk board” text with a reference “PCN” to Penicillin, 1928 has a pen writing in a notebook, 1960 has a typewriter keys and the 2020 panel includes a computer keyboard – all as reference to how student note-taking was and is documented.

Goals

The intention is to create a welcoming environment. Each of the 4 light boxes represents a milestone in the expansion and development of the University Hospital. Photographic images of previous hospital buildings are layered within the designs to be discovered over time by patients, visitors and staff.

Process

4 LED Light Boxes 5 feet (1.5 Metres) square.
Hand painted and ceramic enamel printed toughened glass.
In some of the designs the photographic images have been removed completely to create simple forms and shapes to allow the visitor to project their own personal thoughts onto, rather than anything literal.