"Medicine for the soul." This description of books and their power to heal inspired a broad collection of art throughout the Bloomberg Children’s Center. Created by artists from across the country, the sculptures, collages, dioramas, photographs, and paintings celebrate books like Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and E.B. White's Stuart Little. Artists selected children’s books that were meaningful to them as inspiration for a whimsical variety of original artworks to amuse and entertain children and their families.
Title:Blue Checked Chair, 2011. Inspired by The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss, 1957 Artist: Rolla Herman, Montclair, NJ. Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, Cardiology waiting room, 2nd Floor. Photo Credit: Rolla Herman
Title:The Cottontails, 2011. Inspired by The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward, 1939 Artist:Casey Ruble, Brooklyn, NY Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, Family Lounge, 9th Floor. Photo Credit: Casey Ruble
Title: From Stuart Little Series, 2011. Inspired by Stuart Little, by E.B. White, 1945 Artist:Thomas Allen, Coloma, MI. Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, PICU Family Lounge, 4th Floor. Photo Credit: Kris Graves
Title:Hiding from the Moon, 2011. Inspired by Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, 1947 Artist: Eva Wylie, Philadelphia, PA Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, seating alcove, north, 9th Floor. Photo Credit: Eva Wylie
Art Inspired by Nature and the Garden
More than fifty artists have use nature as an inspiration for original artworks on permanent display in the Sheikh Zayed Tower. From landscape images to detailed depictions of flower petals and rocks, nature-inspired art helps bring tranquility and softens the clinical setting for patients and families.
Title: Detail from Toile Garden, glazed porcelain, wood and paint, 2011 Artist:Susan Graham, New York, NY. Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower, elevator lobby, 4th Floor. Photo Credit: Kris Graves
Title:Untitled (blue trees), chromogenic color print, 2011 Artist: Alexander Heilner, Baltimore, MD Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower, elevator lobby, 12th Floor. Photo Credit: Alexander Heilner
Title: One woodblock print from Color Field Notes, series of eight woodblock prints and one silkscreen, 2009 Artist: Polly Apfelbaum, New York, NY Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower, elevator lobby, Main Level. Photo Credit: Polly Apfelbaum
Artistic Wayfinding: Color Themes and Art for Elevator Lobbies
Art and color themes help patients and visitors find their way. The color blue was chosen for the Bloomberg Children’s Center and the color green for the Sheikh Zayed Tower. The moment you step off an elevator, the palette of colors will tell you where you are.
Each elevator lobby also features original artwork. In the Bloomberg Children’s Center, art inspired by children’s books delights our youngest patients and provides their families with memorable ‘landmarks.’ In the Zayed Tower, art inspired by nature and the garden is located outside each elevator bank and displayed throughout waiting rooms, corridors, and staff work stations, bringing an element of peace to the busy hospital setting.
Title:Color Field Notes, eight woodblock prints and one silkscreen, 2009 Artist:Polly Apfelbaum, New York, NY Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower, elevator lobby, Main Level. Photo Credit: John Dean
Title:Polar Pink, 2011. Inspired by The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman, 1995. Artist:Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz, Pennsylvania. Location: Bloomberg Children’s Center, elevator lobby, Ground Level. Photo Credit: John Dean
Title:Zigzag Garden, 2011. Inspired by Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie, 1911. Artist:Amy Chan Richmond, VA Location: Bloomberg Children's Center, elevator lobby, 12th Floor Photo Credit: Amy Chan
Title: Weeds ##4, Acrylic paint on plexiglass, 2008 Artist:Kim Beck, Pittsburgh, PA Location: Sheikh Zayed Tower, elevator lobby, 3rd Floor Photo Credit: Kim Beck
Fun with the Alphabet
Baltimore artist Lauren P. Adams worked with children staying at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to create an artful upper-case alphabet to be displayed in the Bloomberg Children’s Center. Adams taught the children a technique called papel picado, for creating paper cut-outs, which were transformed into colorful silkscreens by Baltimore Print Studios. Additional alphabet-themed artworks include Scott Teplin'sAlphabet for Alphaville, a playful set of letters featuring intricate and fanciful scenes, and Jeffrey Mitchell's ABCDEFGHI<3U.
The alphabet theme continues outside the Bloomberg Children’s Center, where the 26 colors that artist Spencer Finch used on the hospital’s giant curtain wall are displayed in alphabetical order by color name.
Title:Alphabet for Alphaville, 2008 Artist: Scott Teplin, Milwaukee, WI Locations: Bloomberg Children’s Center, near Radiology waiting room, 4th Floor. Photo Credit: Scott Teplin
Title:Papel Picado, 2011 Artist: Lauren P. Adams, Baltimore, MD. Locations: Bloomberg Children’s Center, near Shaffer Auditorium, Main Level. Photo Credit: Clayton Allis