UK Chandler Hospital Kentucky Children’s Hospital

"Where the Sycamore Resides"

Often there are particular circumstances and challenges with spaces where a mural is an optimal solution. Clare Hirn was asked to bring color into the Kentucky Children’s Hospital entrance area of UK Chandler Hospital, and in doing so to work with and enhance the previously installed intarzia wood piece by Dan Diekhoff. Her design balanced infusing color into the room while responding to particular elements of Diekhoff's woodworking. For example, Hirn's fiberboard cutouts “puzzle piece” together and stand out from the wall in relief. These cutouts were hand-painted with acrylics in the studio and installed after the wall mural was completed on site. The final installation by Hirn flows with the previously installed wood artwork and also stands well on its own.

While working on site over the course of approximately two weeks Clare met many people visiting, working, and being treated in the hospital and came to realize even more how important it is to incorporate artwork into a healthcare setting. UK Chandler Hospital is recognized for it’s Art in Healthcare Program and Clare is proud to be in their permanent collection.

“… in regards to the beautiful artwork around the first floor KCH Elevator and beyond! We absolutely LOVE IT….and believe that our families and patients will also enjoy seeing such beautiful scenery….. This art work makes me smile each time I see it….and I know provides the families with such joy getting to “take in “ the beautify scenery.  Thank you for [your] vision and execution of such a beautiful piece of artwork that we are ALL so proud to show!!!”

Kathy B. Isaacs MSN, RNC-NIC
3Neo/NICU Patient Care Manager
Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Related Projects

Public Spaces

Art in public spaces creates a collective attitude, inspiration, and has been shown to reduce stress. Clare has created scenic and mixed media murals for several public spaces in Kentucky. Her murals are a permanent addition to the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center and the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Each project invites collaboration with her client.

Corporate Art

Corporate art collections help support local artists, provide a welcoming environment to customers, invigorate colleagues as well as define specific areas. Clare's murals and paintings are collected by several area corporate businesses, such as Brown-Foreman, Stites & Harbison and Waterfront Park Place. Clare works with clients to provide a unique look for their space.

Residential Spaces

Clare’s fine art murals create a sense of space in the room and allow individuals to set the tone for their unique residential setting, such as a bathroom, dining area or bedroom. Often painted in veils of color, these murals bring a feeling of light and openness into a room or area. Dining rooms offer ideal opportunity to display the optimum effect.

Studio Paintings

Along with commissions and large site specific artwork Clare also creates original paintings of all sizes in her studio. Examples can be viewed on the gallery page. Feel free to contact Clare to learn more about original artwork or high quality giclée reproductions. Please call and arrange your studio visit!

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