Mary Bird Perkins Digital Art Installation


By engaging in some form of art, it can lower
a patient’s anxiety by as much as 25%. What we think and how we feel emotionally
impacts how our body heals. We had always hoped that the feeling of artwork
created was meaningful to patients, but to actually have quantifiable data that proves
that there is a biological response to the environment that you’re in only furthered
our goal of making artwork a part of the Healing Arts component. Humans have been inspired by beautiful things
since the beginning of time. We’re trying to bring that into our Cancer
Center, to bring patients the opportunity to gaze upon things that trigger feelings
of wellness or feelings of hope. Most recently, we’ve added to some of the
traditional types of art we’ve had with canvas to include things like digital art. We jointly installed two pieces, so a large
installation on the second floor that’s made from a multi-faceted group of media designed
by Brad Bourgoyne, a local artist. We were able to work with an incredible professional
at LSU, Derick Ostrenko, and he had an incredible assistant, Sharron Ouyeung. Their collaborative effort is really what
made this possible. So, it begins with a small boat that is kind
of floating through this undulating river and going through these rapid and moving paths
with signifies that journey through cancer or through treatment, and that’s not only
for the patient, but for the family as well, and the caregivers. Each component is controlled independently
and so we can change the narrative. We can change the atmosphere and kind of flow
with the life of the hospital. “Canopy of Peace” is a layered approach where
things are installed on the wall at different levels, at different perspectives to emulate
the growing canopy of a tree. So, we have aluminum components that were
laser-cut and anodized. We have three – dimensionally printed components
that were printed out of a polymer substrate. And then we have hand-blown glass flowers
and 3-D printed flowers. So, the whole goal is to create the feeling
of being small and looking up at this big canopy that is overarching over you, and the
really fun part is that were able to really engage the donors where this was such a meaningful
installation for them, not only to contribute to Mary Bird Perkins but also to signify the
loss of their great-niece. She has a bow that is affixed to the tree
canopy that is a little reminder of her and is a really special contribution for the Pearsons. The “Canopy of Peace” and “The Journey to
Wellness” installations are perfect examples of how mind-body medicine works. When they are fully focused on their art,
they aren’t worrying about their treatment or worrying about what might happen next month
with their cancer, but at the same time is helping to boost their immune system and calm
their nervous system.

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