Working with the architects on the project, the artwork commission was refined. The art panels would have to perform many duties - besides providing a screen to each floor's nurse work area, allowing light to beyond, it would also need to block the viewing of sensitive papers and office equipment, as well as being a striking sculpture that would define the entry of each floor.
The initial concept design for the artwork at each floor's nurse stations.
Preliminary artwork rendering layout. The inspiration was to bring a contemplative sense of nature into the hospital.
We wanted to bring the natural word into the medical center. Our goal was to give the patients and caregivers a place that felt restful – a place of healing and renewal. Our inspiration for the artwork was to have the feel of swirling masses of delicate oak, poplar, tulip, ginko and maple leaves in an autumn breeze. Each leaf is detailed, including curved stems and crisp leaf veins. The different level of the hospital would have unique swirling leaf patterns, allowing for differentiation and orientation.
Studio artist Nicole Puzan cleans and preps the cooled and annealed glass panel.
The Washington Glass Studio artglass project team: Tim Tate, Michael Janis, Erwin Timmers and Nicole Puzan and Robert Kincheloe.