SSM St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City, MO. A carefully curated collection of artwork throughout the facility evokes of sense of healing and spirituality. Near the main visitor entry, the curved mosaic (Right) serves as a marker for wayfinding, encourages movement with its curve, stimulates the mind through its message to help set the tone for visitors and evokes a healing presence in the facility.
Art is often considered with such a wide breadth of scope that it is left undefined. I think that is a good thing. Art can take all sorts of forms, media, and manifestations, and evoke all sorts of reactions in those who experience it. Simon Sinek, optimist and author, discusses art in his talk titled “The why in creative work” with an audience and explains his definition for “art” that I like. He postulates that since so many of us believe that art defies definition, instead, for something to be considered art it should pass a series of tests. The tests are intention, display and reception. Art must be created with the intention to be art by the artist. It must be displayed in a setting to be experienced as art. It should be received as art by the viewer. Without any of those qualities, the work should not qualify as art.