Installation of Custom Dreamwalls Color Glass Wall Mural

Installation of Custom Dreamwalls Color Glass Wall Mural

Glass is a versatile surfacing material that is perfect for healthcare environments. With the ability to play with light, to be cleaned, to resist moisture and be colored, shaped and cut into so many options, it is a great way to add a large-scale art piece to hospital lobbies, clinic walls, chapels and public spaces.

"Art in Architecture" presentation by artist Gordon Huether at NeoCon 2017

“Art in Architecture” presentation by artist Gordon Huether at NeoCon 2017

At last year’s NeoCon show in Chicago, we had the opportunity to sit in on a seminar entitled “Art In Architecture.” It was led by Gordon Huether, a Napa Valley-based artist who works in a variety of media, but likes glass for many of his works. Huether uses glass in his projects for a variety of reasons:

  • The flexibility to do so much with glass through color, unique interlayer films, fusing, etching, printing, and even bending.
  • The ability to transmit and diffuse light
  • The unique ability of glass to capture the imagination and spirituality often needed in a healthcare setting.
Gordon Huether~Stamford Hospital Carey Interfaith Chapel Stamford CT, USA | Art Glass Wall | 7 panels, each panel measures approx. 60”W x 120”H | 2016

Gordon Huether ~ Stamford Hospital Carey Interfaith Chapel 2016

Most important, Huether stressed the importance of collaboration and information as soon as the project begins. When glass art is incorporated later in the project, it can seem like an afterthought, including being placed in less-than-ideal locations. It’s vital to get everyone, including artists, architects, art consultants, interior designers, landscape architects, and healing arts coordinator, glazing installers and fabricators all involved as early as possible in the conversation.

Gordon Huether artist: River of Light Mountain Range ~ John Muir Medical Center

Gordon Huether artist: River of Light Mountain Range ~ John Muir Medical Center

Incorporating art into healthcare spaces is another tool to promote positive outcomes for patients, families, and the staff that works there every day. Taking the right planning steps can help create a glass project that is truly a work of art and healing.