Rob Pruitt brilliantly transformed his iconic images of pandas, integrating them with zebra stripes and vibrantly colored orbs on a dry erase wall for the pediatric patients at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, New York. The image covers the walls of the Child Life Room, becoming a permanent and interactive art piece. Pruitt’s piece offers patients a healthy distraction— a creative outlet—inspiring a sense of play and of confidence as children add their own marks to the surface. In addition, the dry erase wall has the potential to provide physical therapy benefits for patients with impaired fine motor skills.
The pediatric patients at St. Mary’s are challenged by a broad spectrum of conditions, including chronic illness, serious injury, complications of premature birth, post-surgical programs (including transplant), cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, severe asthma, congenital heart disease, neurological, respiratory, orthopedic disorders, and HIV/AIDS. St. Mary’s provides a continuum of care, treating nearly 4,000 children each day, setting a standard of excellence in pediatric healthcare. This project was made possible through the generosity of The William E. Weiss Foundation.
RxART is delighted to collaborate with Rob Pruitt on a project that supports its mission of transforming pediatric hospital facilities into comforting and engaging spaces through site specific installations by contemporary artists. We hope this wall will give countless children struck with illness and their families moments of joy and of relief from the incredible struggles they face day to day.