Facility: Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Location: Memphis, Tenn.
Architect: FKP Architects
The design objective of the new 255-bed Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., was to create a welcoming and uplifting environment for children and families. To achieve a warm, vibrant atmosphere, the hospital placed a strong emphasis on showcasing the work of more than 50 professional artists and 300 children.
The centerpiece of the artwork is a 17-foot statue called "I Can Fly" that serves to inspire and captivate children and their families as they enter the hospital's welcome rotunda.
The piece is an intricate mosaic created by local artists Jeanne Seagle and Lea Holland. A child riding a giant blue bird sits on top. The obelisk base depicts the four seasons, signifying the passage of time and the patience and faith involved in the healing process.
"The statue represents what we want for children," says Meri Armour, president of the hospital. "We want the seasons of their lives to be full and rich. We want them to dream big and believe they can be whatever they want to be."
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