Summer Cranberries

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Client: Tomah Memorial Hospital

Location: Tomah, WI, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team

Artist

Barbara Westfall, MFA

Barbara Westfall Art Glass

Art Consultant

Victoria Hovde

Hovde-Dorsey Art

Architect

Tim Sessions

AIA Architects

Overview

This is one of four art glass and metal panels, commissioned and completed in 2019 for the lobby at Tomah Memorial Hospital. The client was seeking a distinct series of landscapes that reflected the regional beauty and seasonal changes of Wisconsin. This sectional summer scene depicts Wisconsin’s state fruit, the cranberry, in its varied life cycle. Look closely and you will see the spring cranberry flowers, a graceful sandhill crane walking through the berry fields, and the iconic cranberry harvest where the fields in which they grow are flooded with water. This mural is made from dimensionally fused glass and branches made from laser-cut stainless steel. The art is displayed in a hospital lobby to greets visitors, many of whom live and work in the cranberry industry in Wisconsin. Collaborating with an art consultant and hospital art team, I successfully designed, developed four original art glass murals. Each 2 ft. x 6 ft. glass panel depicts the unique regional beauty, and four distinct seasons of the Upper Midwest. Also included in this series is a sunset on a lake, an autumn woodland scene and a winter river in snow. See other CODA projects to learn more.

Goals

The art design consultant and I worked to develop the perfect art for the niche areas that were being built in the lobby. We collaborated with the construction team building the hospital addition to fulfill the request for beautiful art for their lobby.

Process

Numerous drawings were developed to integrate of art glass concepts into architectural plans. Collaboration included working with hospital design team in conjunction with Hovde-Dorsey Art.