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Client: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Completion date: 2017

Project Team

Artist

Pae White

Pae White Studio

Client

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Architect

HDR

Architect

Gensler

Architect

EGG Office

Architect

Clive Wilkinson Architects

Mechanical Engineer

Environmental Systems Design

Structural Engineer

Thornton Tomasetti

Overview

Artwork located at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab – a new and revolutionary rehabilitation facility in Chicago. Nearly 30,000 paper thin polished stainless steel discs with colorful silkscreened patterns applied to various sides are suspended with custom colored cable.

A top destination for adults and children living with the most severe conditions, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has redefined the ways in which science and care coexist. In Chicago, this 1.2-million-square-foot facility reshapes the future of rehabilitation in its role as a translational research hospital where clinicians, scientists, and technologists work together in shared spaces to discover and apply new approaches to care in real time.

A number of firms formed a unified design team in the development of the project’s graphics and wayfinding program. Communicating the facility’s values and mission throughout the physical space, and contributing to the healing process, the graphics create discrete environments for each lab. Together they uplift the spirit while motivating patients during their recovery and rehabilitation. Ceiling graphics, found throughout the building and its entryway and 10th-floor Sky Lobby, echo its identity.

Goals

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Process

Medium:
stainless steel, cable and silkscreen

Dimensions:
100’ x 20’ x 7’