We recently completed this Tree of Life piece for the Radiology Oncology facility at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT.
The request for proposals (RFP) stated that patients in the radiology department who are undergoing radiation treatments to eliminate cancer tumors or to alleviate pain caused by the tumors will be virtually underground all day. The light-well in the waiting area is their only connection with nature. The RFP goes on to state that the design concept for the project is the idea of being under a canopy of trees. In the corridors outside the vaults, the skylights are large enough so that one can look up and see the branches of trees in the planters that run along the skylight on the roof.
Our piece was chosen from a pool of applicants for this installation because it addressed the thematic considerations of the request for proposals. Specifically, the selection committee was looking for art that:
- contributes to a sense of place (why this piece would not be found in another city or outside of Vermont)
- addresses in some form the culture, landscape/natural environment, vitality, heritage or traditions of the region.
- creatively explores ideas related to this space; particularly with respect to the health center’s link to community and its focus as a place of healing and wellness.