RxART is thrilled to have worked with Takashi Murakami on a project for the CT/PET Scan Suite at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Murakami created a vibrant landscape of flowers and clouds that was translated into a wrap for the CT/PET scanner, which was previously stark and often frightening to the patients. Murakami’s iconic pattern of intricate, smiling flowers were also fabricated as wall coverings that surround the CT/PET Scan Suite. The project has turned the once intimidating room into an uplifting space, in an effort to alleviate the anxiety that many patients feel when they receive scans.
Approximately 220 PET and 2,290 CT scans are performed annually at Children’s National. Pediatric patients of all ages are scanned in this unit: neonates, toddlers, young children, adolescents, and young adults. Children’s National Hospital was ranked No. 7 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings, and for the fourth year in a row, its neonatology program, which provides newborn intensive care, ranked No. 1 for all children’s hospitals. For the tenth straight year, Children’s National ranked in all 10 specialty services, with seven specialties ranked in the top 10. The pediatric health system has been designated as a Magnet hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care.
RxART produces every project at no cost to the hospital and each commissioned artist is provided an honorarium and the chance to change children’s lives as they heal. Our thanks to Robert & Aimee Lehrman, Gagosian, and donors to the Iana dos Reis Nunes Fund for initial support of the Takashi Murakami project. For more information on RxART’s projects and how to support them, please contact 212-260-8797 or Megan Skidmore: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Donate Page.
Artwork: © Takashi Murakami / Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., All rights reserved. Photos by Kenson Noel.