In 2010, RxArt commissioned a spectacular installation by world-renowned pop artist Jeff Koons at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. As a result of this groundbreaking collaboration, Koons’ iconic characters find a permanent home on a CT Scanner and surrounding exam room in the hospital’s radiology department. The installation—the first of its kind—aims to soothe and cheer young patients and brighten the potentially frightening testing environment.
To transform the space, the Philips CT Scanner was painted a vibrant blue and decals featuring Koons’ Monkeys were applied to the machine. His iconic Balloon Dog, Hanging Heart, and Donkey imagery were also installed to brighten the room as wallscapes. The addition of colorful new flooring completed the project, and the result is an awe-inspiring, playful escape that has completely revitalized the once-sterile room.
This project was made possible through the generosity of Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Jeff Koons, who generously took no artist fee for his participation in this project.
Photo: Michael Tropea