Friday, February 6, 2015

Sanctuary Art for Healing

NORMAN - The Norman Regional Health Foundation announced the artist selected for the Art for Healing project. Brower Hatcher of Mid-Ocean Studio, located in Providence, R.I., is the commissioned artist selected to create the artwork for the new Norman Regional Moore facility.

On the one year anniversary of the May 20, 2013 tornado that destroyed Moore Medical Center, a Call to Artists was released to begin the submission process for the Moore Medical Art for Healing project. The call to professional artists was for a major work of art to be created for patients, employees and the community to enjoy outside the new medical building that visually represents the innovation, strength, trust, and protection demonstrated in the wake of the communal loss and devastation after the tornado. Four finalist submissions were selected to provide in-depth proposals to the committee comprised of representatives of the Moore community, the city government, Norman Regional Health System, the Foundation board, donors, and a professional art juror. Hatcher was chosen from more than 100 art proposals submitted for the project.

The artwork's construction will coincide with building construction of the new state-of-the-art $29 million healthcare facility and will serve as a visual symbol of hope and healing. The artwork will be located near the main exterior entry point of the facility.

"Research has shown that the creative process and art itself can be healing - especially when coping with challenging conditions," said Richie Splitt, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Norman Regional Moore. "We believe this art project will serve as a very public symbol of strength while inspiring hope and healing for our community."

Hatcher's sculpture will be fabricated from powder-coated stainless steel and 2,000 Swarovski prismatic crystals. It will be called, "Sanctuary." The design also utilized the Norman Regional Health System logo which symbolizes the links between physicians, staff, patients and community as the sculpture’s foundation.

Brower Hatcher is artistic director at Mid-Ocean Studio, Inc., in Providence, RI. He received his degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York and studied sculpture at St. Martins School of Art in London, U.K. He has built approximately 50 public art projects throughout the United States. Hatcher is a recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an honorary Ph.D. from the State University of New York.

Marly Rogers is the collaborative artist on Sanctuary. She received her Fine Arts degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design where she pursued technical and creative skills in painting, glass and ceramics. She is Mid-Ocean Studios' lead embedment artist and her most recent embedment designs can be viewed at the Calgary Zoo in Alberta Canada and at Dallas Love Field.

"The Norman Regional Health Foundation has commissioned this art piece as an investment in the emotional healing of our community," said Erin Barnhart, Executive Director, Norman Regional Health Foundation. "Sanctuary will serve as a visible symbol of hope and healing and will provide the community with a beautiful landmark of its resiliency."

The Art for Healing artist and project rendering were revealed at the Norman Regional Health Foundation's annual Ambassador Ball on February 6. The Foundation works to improve the health of the community through special projects and grant awards. It also supports the best and brightest health care students in the region through its scholarship and Belknap Proctorship programs. To learn more about the Foundation visit their website

Click to view the Art for Healing's Site Plan.