Artwork that is engaging evokes the magical curiosity of childhood that never leaves us as adults. I have worked with Phoenix Children’s Hospital since 2008. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the United States with Six Centers of Excellence and a Level One trauma center seeing patients from all over the state of Arizona. The metaphor for the design throughout all of their spaces is “An Oasis in the Desert”, the vision of the project being to create a space that is emotionally supportive to a patient population with a very high acuity level and age range. Art that is engaging plays a major role in positive distraction.
Artwork that has an endearing quality has the greatest ability to reach audiences of all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. Without exception, the art program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital accomplishes this goal. From the moment you enter the facility, you are aware that this is a special place with special young people as patients. There is a pervasive gentleness in all of the art that evokes memories of childhood pleasures in adults, while at the same time appealing to even the youngest children. There is an overwhelming message of human dignity and respect for life itself running throughout the art program.