Saturday, June 18, 2011

TWO NEW MURALS AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

The Waiting Room Mural 4'x8'
Imagine if you were a child in a sterile environment where everything was unfamiliar and you were asked to undergo test after test. Yikes! Not fun!
With more than 20 years of experience at Sharp and Children's MRI center, Keith Prince, now CEO of the department, decided to put child anxiety on the run by transforming his new MRI center into a kid friendly zone.
Based on a recommendation by the art coordinator at Rady Children's Hospital, Janis, (posted one blog ago), Keith called me to see if I would design two undersea cartoon style murals for the MRI room and waiting room. He also wanted about 30 individual cartoon vignettes to be placed anywhere children might look. This was a rewarding project. Stephanie Goldman (artist/wife/mural partner) and I completed the project in 8 days - 3 days before their deadline.
The MRI Mural is 9 feet x 19 feet; the Waiting Room Mural is 4 feet x 8 feet. The Vignettes are about 2 feet square except for 4 smaller Vignettes painted directly on the MRI Machine. Everything was painted with Acrylics. We have heard the kids love the images and make up stories about the various sea critters. Here they are:

THE MRI ROOM MURAL 9'X19'


Pinky and Blueboy



Detail of Singing Fish

THE MRI MACHINE
Vignettes on MRI Machine





Stephanie painting Vignettes



THE WAITING ROOM MURAL 4'X8'





A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE VIGNETTES

Lover Boy

Fan Fish

Cool Daddy-o

Star Boy

Dancing with the Stars

Kissing Fish

Speed Racer

Clown Fish

Free Ride

Whistler

11 comments:

Mike said...

Ken and Stephanie . . . You guys ROCK!! In looking at your work, I was imagining the prep time and thoughts that was required to put this amalgamation of characters together. That alone had to have been funn! Not only is this beautiful work, but you guys have left a lot of children with a lift in their hearts.

WONDERFUL!!!

Ken Goldman said...

Thanks Mike,
Yep, it was really fun to do something so different. I know you always try new things so you can relate.

Candy Cumming said...

You two will make a lot of sick children smile and feel less afraid. What a joyful gift!

Ken Goldman said...

Candy,

Thank you so much for the great validation. We were grateful for the opportunity.

Carol said...

This is fantastic!

JANE MINTER said...

beautiful idea mural and concept to help children ..ken and stephanie

Ken Goldman said...

Thank you Jane.
I went to your blog. Your watercolors and sketches are sensitive and lovely. Thank you for your comment.

Mike said...

I came back again, Ken and Steph! This array of cartoons is so uplifting and joyful, I just couldn't stay away. Children's Hospital is so lucky to have you two in their 'artist stable.' Hats off to you both . . . .again!!

Clinton Hurlburt said...

Nice! I think that putting a mural like this in a children’s hospital is really an awesome idea. Once the kids see this, they’ll definitely be brave and forget the idea of being in the hospital. This will somewhat help them ease their apprehension towards checkups and medications.

Ken Goldman said...

Thank you so much Clinton. We agree and so far it appears to be true.

pollyw said...

As someone who has spent a lot of time in our local children's hospital lately, I want to thank you for doing this. My children feel so much better when the walls and equipment are fun to look at during a scary time. Thank you!!