Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Palo Alto, California
Art Consulting

Being an internationally-ranked pediatric hospital, Stanford Children’s Health attracts children from birth to young adult representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Because of the hospital’s prestigious reputation, it was important that the art be accurate, educational, and provide opportunities for positive distraction, interaction, and joy.

Aesthetics was in charge of coordinating the creation of over 500 original pieces of art representing 150 individual artists. The artwork was integrated into architecture, floors, niches, and ceilings that required careful coordination with the design architect, the project architect, engineers, and the general contractor. Included within the art program were two large and complicated artist-designed gardens that were fully coordinated through Aesthetics.

“Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has been working with Annette Ridenour from Aesthetics Inc on developing an art program for their 521,000 square foot expansion since the start of the project back in 2009. We were fortunate enough to have her expertise on board in the design phase so we could incorporate architecturally significant art into the project. From the beginning, Annette and her team have been instrumental in guiding the development of the arts program. Annette quickly assimilated the vision of Lucile Packard into the overall art program. The connection to nature, focus of family centered care and improving the patient and family experience was reflected in the ideas that she put forth to the leaders at the hospital. The ideas brought forward and executed in the art plan were innovative, current and in some instances incorporated technology in to the plan. Annette also led the effort to obtain both family and children feedback on key aspects of the plan.” — Jill Ann Sullivan, Vice President Hospital Transformation and Space Planning, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, CA