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New award for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Hamilton International Arts in Health Awards 2019 Recipient

The National Organization for Arts in Health, NOAH, (USA) announced the winners in their inaugural award program. Titled ‘The Hamilton” prize the results were announced on September 30th 2019.

Recognition in the Arts Transforming Environments category was awarded for demonstrating the positive impact of art in a healthcare environment. There were two first place winners the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Inova Schar Cancer Institute and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Lucile Packard Hospital were awarded for their “Packard 2.0 Art Program” designed and facilitated by Aesthetics, Inc.

The Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital program aims to create a flagship hospital for the incorporation of arts in healthcare. This is a wonderful example of what can be achieved through a fully integrated arts in healthcare architecture provision.

Seashore mosaics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford, CA

Two major floor mosaic commissions

Gary Drostle was invited to contribute towards this program with two major floor commissions. Gary designed, fabricated and installed two full floor schemes, one on the ground floor entrance lobby and the other on the first floor corridor. Both schemes included the design of a bespoke terrazzo floor which linked into a series of porcelain mosaic floor panels.

The ground floor theme was “A Walk Along The California Seashore’. In this project Gary aimed to recreate the excitement of exploring the beach with a seashore terrazzo design interspersed with mosaic panels. Mosaics of tide pools and sea life full of references to local flora and fauna were created to be discovered by wandering across the large lobby floor.

Redwood Forest Trail Mosaic photo by Emily Hagopian Photography
Emily Hagopian Photography

Holding to the hospitals overall theme linking wildlife and fauna to altitude, the first floor theme was “A Trail Through The Redwood Forest”. Here Gary designed the terrazzo as a small winding pathway along the corridor. The path included a long trail of specially made cast glass leaves. Along this footpath are a series of mosaic panels reflecting on the richness of animal and plant life of the forest floor.

You can read the full arts in health award 2019 announcement here and more on the mosaic projects on these links:

The California seashore mosaic project

The Redwood Forest mosaic project


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Posted: October 28, 2019

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