Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Incredible Art Collection
In a place where so many people need comfort of distraction, so many hospitals completely miss the mark. They’re dull and beige and bureaucratic, and they’ve got that weird smell. Hospital decor can’t generally be classified as uplifting, much less inspiring.
But most hospitals aren’t Le Bonheur.
The brand new Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital building includes more than 400 pieces of original art by regional artists. About 250 of the works were done by area students.
The multi-media works aren’t just in the lobby – they’re scattered throughout the 610,000 square foot hospital in hallways, on walls, in the floor and on ceiling tiles.
Many of the works are interactive, providing distraction for the hospital’s young patients. There’s a giant, I-SPY inspired mural (with a list of things to find) in the corner of a waiting room, large landscapes made of crayons and a wall lined with tubes where patients, family and visitors can place sheets of paper with their hopes and prayers.
My favorite piece is Yvonne Bobo’s bright, fantastical all-metal garden, “Where the Wind Plays”. Most of the pieces are kinetic, moving when the wind blows hard enough. It’s sustainable, too – a few of the flowers double as small wind turbines that charge batteries that power the lights.
If you’d like to view Le Bonheur’s amazing collection, it will be available for public viewing on Thursday, August 26th. The event is a fundraiser for the hospital, and tickets are $60. If you can’t make it to the event, you can still see the collection online.