Client: Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Location: San Fernando, CA, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $97,000
For the new Sheila Kuehl Family Wellness Center, artist Christine Nguyen has designed a photo-based mural, a divider wall, a mobile sculpture, and coloring book inspired by the flora and fauna in San Fernando and the surrounding region. Mystical Forest, 13 ’x 9’, dye sublimation on aluminum panels. Portal’s Eye, 7’ x 7’ x7’, enamel painted aluminum support plate, die cut acrylic and airplane steel cable. Mystical Deer, 6’ x 10’ x 1/2”, freestanding acrylic screen.
The artwork portrays a meditative and harmonious environment which is a celebration of spirit, comfort, healing and recovery. Together, these works create a playful and inspirational imaginary world that gives a sense of wonder for the patients, visitors and staff at the facility.
I collaborated with the Los Angeles Arts Commission and the City of San Fernando on this project. Yetiweurks fabricated the hanging acrylic mobile. Fineartphotography printed the dye sublimation panels. Cooke's Crating mounted and installed the mural works and 3Form fabricated the wall divider.
This new LEED Gold facility will establish a refreshing and playful environment for children’s mental health, including a sunlit atrium-style waiting area, counseling, conference, and group therapy rooms, community meeting space, and a tranquil interior courtyard. The facility will also accommodate the Department of Public Health Nurse Family Partnership program, which provides home visitation services to young women throughout the County.