Sky Arte – Takashi Murakami’s Art For Children at Children’s National Hospital in Washington

Sky Arte — November 4, 2020

Art and emotions have always been inextricably linked. But how to ensure that beauty is also therapeutic? How to make sure that even hospitals, places of suffering and vulnerability, are transformed into places that are as “welcoming” as possible thanks to the support of creativity?

To the many initiatives conceived in this direction – among the most recent that of the street artist Pejac, author of a series of murals in the spaces of the University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla – today is added an admirable new project, signed by one of the most famous stars of the contemporary artistic galaxy: Takashi Murakami.

A JAPANESE POP STYLE HOSPITAL

Invited by RxART – the non-profit organization created to help children heal through the power of visual art -, the Japanese artist recently transformed a room in the radiology department of the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, one of the pediatric hospitals best known and recognized in the country.

Through his iconic style, full of smiling flowers and visual elements inspired by the iconography of anime and manga, Murakami has revisited the walls and machinery inside the environment, focusing in particular on the scanner used for the diagnosis of tumors in little patients. The goal, as for the more than 50 projects completed by RxART so far, is to give the hospital spaces lightness and color, helping children to reduce anxiety and fear related to the therapeutic process.