PHOTOGRAPH BY KIERAN REYNOLDS
Horse mural in the third floor patient unit
Local Artists Bring a Sense of Well-being to Williamson Medical Center by Stephanie Stewart Howard
illiamson Medical Center’s new children’s wing not only has the advantage of being shiny and new, but while abundantly kid friendly, the soothing choices made for the wing’s artwork make it welcoming to all ages. Instead of the plethora of generic Mickeys, Elmos, and commercialized cartoons, WMC chose to fill its halls and walls with artwork by local artists, representing the county’s recognizable landscape. The result is an environment that feels safe and magical to young children, but which does not alienate older kids and jar adults. Walking into the second floor entrance, you’re greeted by a gorgeous life-sized bronze by Clay Enoch of three children: two older boys examine a single butterfly that has landed, while a tiny girl points to the sky, where a series of bright-yellow butterflies flutter off along the ceiling. Go to the right and a glorious painting of Tennessee birds—owl, hummingbird, cardinal, and more—by David Arms rests next to the reception desk.
“The concept started with the architect creating a river feature with the flooring material of the courtyard,” she says. “To support this concept, we thought river creatures, those local and familiar to all of us. My years of hiking, biking, canoeing and fishing allowed me to give a selection to the committee of those creatures local to
PHOTOGRAPH BY NATE KARLIN
Just outside, to the right, is a fenced, outdoor space for play and relaxation featuring a spongy blue “carpet” decorated with a life-like bronze heron, plus a huge tortoise and an otter, ready for kids to climb and play, by Lin Swensson and Andrea Lugar.
Butler Steltemeier’s Natchez Trace Bridge in the children’s ER waiting room
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This month's cover is our very own Nancy (comic strip) drawn by Guy Gilchrist.