It's rare to find anyone these days who hasn't encountered cancer treatment either with someone in their family, circle of friends, or even themselves. When I was invited to provide the artwork on the fourth phase of the Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center's campus, the Radiation Oncology building, it became both a professional and personal opportunity to provide works that would offer hope and comfort in this important addition to Kaiser Permanente's Orange County health care services.
The unusual and distinctive architecture at the entrance of the Anaheim Medical Center campus is a single story round glass building with fritted imagery of trees encircling the entire perimeter. Since the building footprint is reminiscent of a flower or a shell, discernible by looking down onto it from the nearby parking structure, we aspired to highlight that shape from within.
Glass artist, Kerry Johnson, was commissioned to create the focal work behind reception and used the actual site plan to form the shape of the 48" diameter fused glass. Installed in May, this building will open to the public in September.