St. Joseph Mercy Oakland this week announced the selection of 84 Michigan artists who will provide artwork for its new South Patient Tower scheduled to open in 2014 at the hospital's main campus.
Among those selected were Dearborn glass artists Michelle Plucinsky and Chris Nordin of .
More than 225 artists from throughout Michigan applied to have their artwork considered. A total of nearly 850 pieces of artwork will be selected, including 47 major commissions.
A call for artists issued this spring by SJMO requested submissions that support the healing journey, represent the community and present elements of nature or water and landscapes. Peace and healing is the dominant theme of the art project. The SJMO arts program is aimed at creating an experience that heals bodies, nurtures souls and comforts hearts.
Submissions represented a variety of media, including sculpture; two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork; original art; oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings; limited edition prints, giclee prints, mixed-media art, glass, mosaics, wall sculpture, fabric art, collages and photography.
The newly acquired artworks–both purchased and commissioned–will be placed in the new main lobby, elevator lobbies, waiting rooms, corridors, consultation rooms, patient rooms and public areas.
Aesthetics, Inc., of San Diego, Calif., is coordinating the art project with SJMO leadership. Funding for the artwork is being provided by private donors.
SJMO’s new eight-story South Patient Tower will have 208 technologically enhanced, private patient rooms. Patient rooms will be configured for comfort and include the latest innovations for clinical staff to provide optimal care. In addition, there will be plenty of support space for families, who are vital to the healing process. The new patient rooms are designed for medical/surgical patients and will deploy the most advanced medical and communication technology.
Visit www.stjoesoakland.org/newsouthtower for a virtual tour of the coming South Patient Tower.