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Indiana Healthcare Organization Calls on Public to Help Select Artwork for New Hospital

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Art has been an integral part of the healing environment at Wishard Health Services in Indiana since T.C. Steele and others first installed murals in its facilities in 1914. Nearly a century later, the healthcare organization has unveiled the initial design proposals for art that will be on display in The New Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind., for the next 100 years and beyond. The medical facility, which will be approximately 1.2-million-square-feet, is scheduled for completion in December 2013 and will be fully operational in 2014.

The hospital will be at the heart of healthcare in Marion County for decades to come. The project to build a new, modern and efficient hospital went before voters in November 2009. Overwhelmingly, the project was approved, with 85 percent of the votes cast in favor, including a majority in all 590 Marion County voting precincts.

As part of the design process, the organization recently invited the public to join hospital and project officials as well as community and arts leaders to view the proposals and share perspectives. Project stakeholders are committed to ensure artwork in the new hospital closely aligns and connects with the greater Indianapolis community.

Wishard’s art committee will review and make selections from these proposals for a handful of key locations within the new facility. From March 21 through April 1, the design proposals will be on display online for public comment and at various locations throughout the Indianapolis community. The art program will be funded through philanthropy. A closing exhibit is set for Friday, April 1. For details, visit at www.TheNewWishard.org

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Posted March 18, 2011

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