Salem Health Rehabilitation Center

Submitted by Laura Bender


Client: Salem Hospital

Location: Salem, OR, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $7,200

Project Team


Laura Bender

Site Painters


John Early

Site Painters

Art Consultant

Mary Lou Zeek


This commission of a series of paintings for the pediatric waiting room was inspired by the nearby beautiful oak grove. These six paintings create a garden setting of fanciful plants and birds, both naive and sophisticated in design. The cut and shaped painted wood panels wrap around two walls, carrying the viewer along in a continuous unfolding of a whimsical park.


The art was designed to integrate with the furniture, flooring, and lighting, creating a more spacious atmosphere. The imagery is intended to appeal to children as well as adults, exploring fresh interpretations of flora and fauna with a focus on harmonious colors and playful rhythms throughout.


Site Painters worked directly with the art consultant, Mary Lou Zeek, who was choosing and arranging for art for this newly constructed rehabilitation center. Designs were presented to the hospital committee and we fabricated the artworks in our studio and supervised the installation provided by the hospital construction crew.