This Sunday, I’m heading to Germany to work on an exciting new glass art installation for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital used to be located on Nashua Street, but now is in the process of moving to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility on the Charlestown waterfront. It will be Boston’s first stand-alone hospital to be built according to “green” building principles and is designed “for comfort, accessibility, and clinical effectiveness, informed by the core belief that variation in human ability is ordinary, not special.” The network is committed to an admirable “holistic therapeutic approach,” which strives to restore patients’ independence and ease their transition back into the community. Interestingly, among other things, the new space will have dock facilities for therapeutic water sports. Patients will be able to canoe, kayak, and windsurf as part of the Weingarten Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program. Many of these resources will be open to the wider public as well.
I’m honored to have been commissioned to create a large glass art installation for the main entrance lobby of the hospital. The work involves many talented collaborators, including Partners HealthCare, Boston Art, Perkins & Will, Derix Glasstudios (Taunusstein, Germany) and Glashütte Lamberts (Waldsassen, Germany). While I’m overseas and for the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some windows onto our process here on the blog, including reflections on the concept and design, photos from the studio in Germany, and updates about the installation. For the curious, I’ll also explain that mysterious grid above.
For now, time to rev up for a long flight on Icelandair. (Not that I’m shilling for Icelandair, but I am a sucker for those pillbox hats that the flight attendants wear!) More to come next week.
(While writing this post, I stumbled upon the amazing photography of Brian Finke whose work can be see here: Brian Finke.)