Anne Arundel Medical Center DeCesaris Cancer Institute
75,000 Square Feet, Art Count 67
Art Budget: $48,000.00
Timeline: February 2003 – February 2004
Art Challenge: to continue to enhance the Institute’s healing environment and reinforced the life renewing mission of the staff through imagery. Addressing the specific needs of cancer patients, (while continuing the facility’s desire to keep patients in close touch with nature) was an art program mandate. It was imperative that all proposed images depict scenes found in counties served by the Institute.
Through the use of crystal clear original photography, visual images of nature renewing itself were located throughout the facility. To keep patients close to nature, gardens in full bloom, photographed from the seated patient’s point of view, were chosen to fill waiting rooms. Wayfinding was enhanced through the depiction of distinctly different garden types in each waiting area. The main corridor leading to the CT scan and Novalis rooms became a gallery of incredible butterfly images centered on an oversized garden photograph. Replicated exterior natural light was introduced in scan rooms through back lit photo ceiling murals creating a canopy of spring, summer or fall foliage above patients.