University of Louisville Physicians commissioned the piece by Louisville artist Clare Hirn. In the four-panel piece titled "Integral Spaces," the artist used charcoal, acrylics and oil in layers to create a a real sense of nature and to shed light on her view of the city. Among its images are bicyclists on the waterfront, the Belle of Louisville, a Cardinal and the downtown skyline.
The UofL physicians group commissioned the artwork with the support of Landmark Healthcare Facilities. A 10-person committee of physicians, staff and outside experts selected Hirn's proposal from 18 invited submissions.
"Ms. Hirn's artwork provides the perfect first impression for people coming to the outpatient center," said Gerard Rabalais, chair of both the UofL Department of Pediatrics and of the physicians group.
"The overall experience our patients and visitors have when they come to the Outpatient Center has been at the forefront of our thinking throughout the design, construction and equipping of this building," said Larry Cook, executive vice president for health affairs. "We have tried to make it warmer than your typical health care facility, and to reflect the warmth of Louisville. We thought the best way to capture that was for a local artist to create a piece that welcomes our visitors. Ms. Hirn has done exactly that."