The goal of integrating artwork into the design of a childrens’ health care facility is to delight the patients as they enter the facility, and lessen the anxieties of both parents and children as they navigate the process back to wellness. The giant Giraffe is the most outstanding of the exciting features in the atrium, including bubble tubes in the vast picture windows, and various large interactive video walls, situated among the snack kiosks and patient care desks. All these creative elements are collectively invaluable to experiencing the overall excellence in the building design and use.
This project is comprised of a 30′ tall Giraffe, made of welded steel, and powder coated blue with white spots. It features a motorized kinetic head that nods up and down slowly. The massive footprint is nine feet by eleven feet, and the nose of the Giraffe at its highest point grazes the air just a few feet below the lofty atrium ceiling. The Giraffe is viewable from the ground floor atrium, the mezzanine level, the third floor offices, as well as the outside garden playground. The sculpture weighs approximately 8000 pounds.