MDC Helps Chicago Children's Hospital Create Art That Transforms Each Floor into a Visual Wonderland, Using Contributions from Local Museums and Civic Organizations

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Lifelike murals, sculpture and graphics with three-dimensional overlays produced by MDC offer Lurie Children's Hospital patients comfort, distraction and a chance to explore images that reflect the city of Chicago.

Lurie Children’s Hospital stepped into new creative territory with their interior design and wallcoverings

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which opened in 2012, partnered with local museums and civic organizations to create an unusual atmosphere largely defined by the wall designs. Covering the hospital’s walls are custom murals, photos and super-graphics produced with support from Chicago-based MDC, one of the world’s largest sources of wallcoverings and coatings.

Children who visit Lurie Children’s may feel a bit like they are walking through a Chicago park, the Shedd Aquarium or even the Art Institute of Chicago. The walls on each floor reflect a different aspect of Chicago, giving young patients a welcome distraction from their ailments.

The hospital is described as a healing environment that promotes education and exploration. During its interior design, led by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF), Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Anderson Mikos Architects, MDC converted a vast collection of artwork to wallcoverings that help establish a Chicago-based theme for the hospital.

Custom art creates a visual connection to the city
No two floors are alike at Lurie Children’s. In fact, the hospital partnered with more than 20 Chicago cultural and civic organizations to create the art that brings each floor to life. It’s a project that spanned four years and involved Chicago’s top cultural institutions, as well as hundreds of artists.

Ultimately, ZGF engaged MDC to convert some of the art to vinyl wallcoverings and films. MDC uses a digital process to produce high resolution wall images that are so lifelike, patients can almost smell the flowers. Many of the hospital’s murals stretch from floor to ceiling, corner to corner. The result is an atmosphere that offers children comfort, distraction and – in some instances – the chance to touch and explore.

The Chicago History Museum created a mural of the city skyline and MDC converted it to a wallcovering for Lurie Children’s 16th floor. A design team then created kid-friendly “construction equipment” to sit in front of this wall so young patients can climb for a closer view of the city.

The Shedd Aquarium contributed a near-life-size whale sculpture for the first- and second-floor lobbies of the hospital, accompanied by walls with illustrations of fish and coral in the three triage rooms within the Emergency Center. MDC produced the illustrations on vinyl for application as a wallcovering.

For the hospital’s third floor, The Art Institute of Chicago approved a full wall-sized reproduction of the famous Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Impressionist painter Georges Seurat. MDC used a digital process to convert it for installation as a wallcovering.

The Children’s Museum helped choose a panoramic image of a sprawling garden for the 17th floor of the hospital. MDC produced it as a wallcovering that spans the walls, rounds corners and creates the illusion that one could walk right in to count the flowers and butterflies.

MDC also produced color-washed nature scenes and “super-graphics” for the walls of Lurie Children’s, including giant photos of apples, cherries and oranges for the walls of the hospital’s cafeteria.

“Lurie Children’s stepped into new creative territory with their interior design and wallcoverings,” says Michael Scott, marketing manager of digital imaging at MDC. “They partnered with the local community to create imagery that truly represents the city, and it connects the hospital to the people of Chicago. This kind of approach to wall design is ideal for hospitals, schools, nursing homes, hotels and other organizations that want their interiors to reflect who they are.”

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For the hospital’s third floor, The Art Institute of Chicago approved a full wall-sized reproduction of the famous Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by painter Georges Seurat.For the hospital’s third floor, The Art Institute of Chicago approved a full wall-sized reproduction of the famous Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by painter Georges Seurat.Photo Credit: Jan Terry, Senior Photographer, Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoThe Chicago History Museum created a mural of the city skyline and MDC converted it to a wallcovering for Lurie Children’s 16th floor.The Chicago History Museum created a mural of the city skyline and MDC converted it to a wallcovering for Lurie Children’s 16th floor.Photo Credit: Jan Terry, Senior Photographer, Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoThe Children’s Museum helped choose a panoramic image of a sprawling garden for the 17th floor of the hospital. MDC produced it as a wallcovering that spans the walls, rounds corners and creates the iThe Children’s Museum helped choose a panoramic image of a sprawling garden for the 17th floor of the hospital. MDC produced it as a wallcovering that spans the walls, rounds corners and creates the iPhoto Credit: Jan Terry, Senior Photographer, Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoCovering Lurie Children's Hospital walls are custom murals, photos and super-graphics produced with support from Chicago-based MDC, one of the world’s largest sources of wallcoverings and coatings.Covering Lurie Children's Hospital walls are custom murals, photos and super-graphics produced with support from Chicago-based MDC, one of the world’s largest sources of wallcoverings and coatings.Photo Credit: Jan Terry, Senior Photographer, Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoMDC produced color-washed nature scenes and “super-graphics” for the walls of Lurie Children’s, including giant photos of apples, cherries and oranges for the walls of the hospital’s cafeteria.MDC produced color-washed nature scenes and “super-graphics” for the walls of Lurie Children’s, including giant photos of apples, cherries and oranges for the walls of the hospital’s cafeteria.Photo Credit: Jan Terry, Senior Photographer, Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoMany of the hospital’s murals stretch from floor to ceiling, corner to corner. The result is an atmosphere that offers children comfort, distraction and the chance to touch and explore.Many of the hospital’s murals stretch from floor to ceiling, corner to corner. The result is an atmosphere that offers children comfort, distraction and the chance to touch and explore.Photo Credit: Jan Terry, Senior Photographer, Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoMDC Wall Coverings LogoMDC Wall Coverings Logo