Nature-based designs and soothing colors: these were the criteria that the art committee of the new Owensboro Health Regional Hospital (Owensboro, KY) used to select art for the new hospital. Natalie Blake Studios was honored to create ceramic wall art tile for the hospital.
In developing guidelines for artwork, the committee used research about art in healthcare. ”The purpose of the artwork is to provide positive distractions to help patients leave the stress of the moment and respond better to treatment, ” said Barbara Harriman, President / Creative Director of Distinctive Art Source and an art advisor working with the committee.
“Putting the right art in place supports patient care, and can even lead to shorter hospital stays,” she says. ”Studies indicate that patients need less medication and exhibit more positive attitudes when exposed to artwork featuring natural surroundings,” she notes. “We want to create an experience to keep patients close to nature and support the architectural serenity designed into the space.”
Harriman commissioned three ceramic wall tile triptychs from Natalie Blake Studios for the hospital’s 5th floor family area. Each grouping of 3 tiles were to be installed in a wooden, recessed panel. The ceramic art discs are each 18″ in diameter; the square tiles are 8″. All are glazed in rich, natural colors to complement the wood niches and the fabric colors in the room.
“Natalie Blake’s textural representation of nature’s elements beautifully complemented Owensboro’s warm interiors featuring natural stone and wood. Her ability to customize the size, color and design of each tile made her work a perfect fit on this project. It’s always a pleasure coordinating commissions with Natalie and her team.” ~ Barbara Harriman, President / Creative Director of Distinctive Art Source.