We always love to point out examples of popular media coverage of healthcare design. Of course it’s not news to us, but it’s not yet common knowledge outside the architecture and design field that “studies show that visual art can help reduce stress for patients and increase satisfaction with care.”
This recent story in the Wall Street Journal confirms what we are eager to share with our clients and our peers, taking the stellar art program at the Cleveland Clinic as a shining example, along with Eskenazi Health in Indiana.
Skyline Art Services finds this especially exciting:
Hospitals aren’t shying away from art whose content is open to interpretation or might make patients reflect. In the spring 2014 issue of the same journal, the Cleveland Clinic reported that patients surveyed on its contemporary collection—which includes abstract and nonrepresentational imagery by some prominent artists—reported a significant positive effect on their experience and on mood, stress, comfort and expectations.
The study suggested patients may respond positively to the diversity of the collection and to other types of art in addition to nature art.
Check out some of the inspiring examples of art in healthcare that are featured. They include work by Jaume Piensa, which our Houston readers will recognize from the kneeling human figures installed at the corner of Montrose Boulevard and Allen Parkway.