Monthly Archives: April 2012

The new Johns Hopkins Hospital building

An interesting video that provides an introduction to the extensive art program incorporated in the new John Hopkins hospital building, the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Over 70 artists have created over 500 works for the new space, funded largely by Michael Bloomberg. It’s great that such a high profile institution has an entire website devoted to the arts program in their new facility, and exciting to see a major philanthropist so prominently involved in a project to include art in a healthcare space. A nice overview is available via a Bloomberg press release here. And a short summery, from the project’s flickr page:

– A massive exterior work by Spencer Finch, who transformed the glass and steel curtain wall enclosure of the 1.5 million-square-foot building into a shimmering composition of color and light.

– 11 super-sized sculptures by set designer Robert Israel

– unique window shades by Jim Boyd, inspired by Baltimore’s folk tradition of painting door and window screens

– a few hundred works of art inspired by beloved children’s books, providing “medicine for the soul.”

– a few hundred works of art inspired by nature and the garden.

And a few highlights:


The largest work of art in the building is a shimmering glass curtain wall that envelops the exterior of the 11.5 million-square-foot facility. Artist Spencer Finch’s composition of color and light features a carefully distilled palette of 26 shades inspired by Monet's garden in Giverny.

Maria Park

Mickey Smith