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Sculptures and Furniture

Book Nooks

Art in the Bloomberg Children’s Center doesn’t just hang on the walls. Some is actually built into the walls, like the dioramas by Baltimore artist Jennifer Strunge, who created animal families out of recycled cloth. The animals are posed reading books, providing landmarks to patients and families traveling through the hospital, and inspiring reading and exploration of the hospital’s public spaces.

Artwork of octopuses and books
Title: Sea Creatures, 2011
Artist: Jennifer Strunge, Baltimore, MD.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, elevator lobby, 10th Floor.
Photo Credit: John Dean
Artwork of cats wearing glasses sitting on top of books.
Title: Kitties, 2011
Artist: Jennifer Strunge, Baltimore, MD.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, elevator lobby, 3rd Floor.
Photo Credit: John Dean
Artwork of octopuses and books
Title: Sea Creatures, 2011
Artist: Jennifer Strunge, Baltimore, MD.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, elevator lobby, 10th Floor.
Photo Credit: John Dean
Artwork of cats wearing glasses sitting on top of books.
Title: Kitties, 2011
Artist: Jennifer Strunge, Baltimore, MD.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, elevator lobby, 3rd Floor.
Photo Credit: John Dean

Sculptures by Robert Israel

Created by set designer Robert Israel to delight, entertain, and comfort young patients, several oversized, child-friendly sculptures are located in and around The Johns Hopkins Hospital:

Ostrich Sculpture

In the four-story entrance to the Bloomberg Children’s Center, a 22-foot-tall, brightly colored ostrich appears to float in air, suspended from the ceiling of the sunlit atrium. Look for the ostrich egg sitting nearby on the information desk nearby.

Puffer Fish Sculpture

A family of puffer fish swims above patients and visitors in the Bloomberg Children’s Center.

Flying Cow Sculpture

A large cow (with a nine-foot wingspan) flies high above the main information desk in the lobby of the Bloomberg Children’s Center. Circling a column above the desk is a sculptural depiction of the 28 phases of the moon.

Rhinoceros Sculpture

A big rhinoceros stands on an uneven, rugged surface with a little rhinoceros on its’ back outside the entrance to the Bloomberg Children’s Center Emergency Department. The relationship between the big and little rhinoceros is intended to provide children with a sense of security as they enter the hospital.

Sculpture of a brightly colored ostrich
Title: Ostrich, 2008-2012
Artist: Robert Israel, Los Angeles, CA.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, near Orleans bridge, Main Level
Photo Credits: John Dean, Keith Weller
Sculpture of a cow jumping over every phase of the moon.
Title: Cow Jumping Over the 28 Phases of the Moon, 2008-2012
Artist: Robert Israel, Los Angeles, CA.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, above main reception desk, Main Level
Photo Credits: John Dean, Keith Weller
Sculpture of a school of puffer fish.
Title: School of Puffer Fish, 2008-2012
Artist: Robert Israel, Los Angeles, CA.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, near stairs to Ground Floor, Main Level
Photo Credits: John Dean, Keith Weller
Sculpture of brightly colored blocky rhinos.
Title: Pair of Rhinos, 2008-2012
Artist: Robert Israel, Los Angeles, CA.
Location: Building exterior, near the main adult entrance.
Photo Credits: John Dean, Keith Weller
Sculpture of a brightly colored ostrich
Title: Ostrich, 2008-2012
Artist: Robert Israel, Los Angeles, CA.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, near Orleans bridge, Main Level
Photo Credits: John Dean, Keith Weller
Sculpture of a cow jumping over every phase of the moon.
Title: Cow Jumping Over the 28 Phases of the Moon, 2008-2012
Artist: Robert Israel, Los Angeles, CA.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, above main reception desk, Main Level
Photo Credits: John Dean, Keith Weller
Sculpture of a school of puffer fish.
Title: School of Puffer Fish, 2008-2012
Artist: Robert Israel, Los Angeles, CA.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, near stairs to Ground Floor, Main Level
Photo Credits: John Dean, Keith Weller
Sculpture of brightly colored blocky rhinos.
Title: Pair of Rhinos, 2008-2012
Artist: Robert Israel, Los Angeles, CA.
Location: Building exterior, near the main adult entrance.
Photo Credits: John Dean, Keith Weller

Tabletops and Furniture

The facilities' architects designed sculptural furniture that is both functional and comfortable, and throughout the buildings, art is incorporated in unexpected places. An intricately detailed watercolor by artist Scott Teplin sits under the glass top of a desk near the ground floor entrance, and sculptures by Kate Malone and Kathy Butterly sit atop the spiraling information desks. Under a glass tabletop on the main level, artist Polly Apfelbaum’s cross-sections of fallen branches create a natural mosaic.

Table Artwork with different colored mosaics on the top.
Title: Untitled, 2011
Artist: Hermine Ford, New York, NY.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower Ground Level Lobby.
Photo Credits: Keith Weller
Sculpture of a large flower with colored glass.
Title: The Bouqet, 2011-2012
Artist: Kate Malone, London, England
Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower Ground Level Lobby.
Photo Credits: Keith Weller
Table artwork with cross-sections of dogwood trucks.
TitleDog-woody (tabletop), cross-sections of dogwood branches, 2012
Artist: Polly Apfelbaum, New York, NY.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower, bridge to Orleans Garage, Main Level.
Photo Credits: Keith Weller
Table artwork with illustration of a top down view of a city.
TitleHot & Cold (tabletop), pen, ink and watercolor on paper, 2011
Artist: Scott Teplin, New York, NY.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, lobby welcome desk, Ground Level.
Photo Credits: Keith Weller
Table Artwork with different colored mosaics on the top.
Title: Untitled, 2011
Artist: Hermine Ford, New York, NY.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower Ground Level Lobby.
Photo Credits: Keith Weller
Sculpture of a large flower with colored glass.
Title: The Bouqet, 2011-2012
Artist: Kate Malone, London, England
Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower Ground Level Lobby.
Photo Credits: Keith Weller
Table artwork with cross-sections of dogwood trucks.
TitleDog-woody (tabletop), cross-sections of dogwood branches, 2012
Artist: Polly Apfelbaum, New York, NY.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower, bridge to Orleans Garage, Main Level.
Photo Credits: Keith Weller
Table artwork with illustration of a top down view of a city.
TitleHot & Cold (tabletop), pen, ink and watercolor on paper, 2011
Artist: Scott Teplin, New York, NY.
Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, lobby welcome desk, Ground Level.
Photo Credits: Keith Weller
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