One of the scariest things about the hospital is not the tubes, not the needles, but a quiet, scientific sense of dread and loneliness. With visitation curfews and testing rooms where no one is allowed to accompany the patient through series of nerve wrecking tests, the hospital isn’t exactly the most pleasant place on Earth. The experience is especially traumatizing for the young ones, when having to stand alone in the x-ray or the CT scan rooms. To make the testing rooms slightly less hostile and calming for children, non-profit organization RxArt has partnered up once again with Kiehls to install some of Jeff Koons’ signature art work at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital’s scanner room.
RxArt is a non-profit organization which curates contemporary art installation for hospital settings, and it has previously partnered up with Kiehls to release a collection of grooming products with bottles designed by artists such as Jeff Koons, Pharrell Williams and KAWS. This time around, the duo came together under the call of Richard E. Heller, III, M.D., the hospital’s section chief of pediatric radiology.
The Philip CT Scanner and the scanner room has been wrapped in images of some of Koons’ most iconic works, including the Hanging Heart from the Celebration series, the Ballon Dog, the Monkeys, and the Donkey. The scanner room has been transformed into a brighter, happier place to take the edge off being alone in the hospital, and to soothe and cheer young patients. Check out the newly renovated space!