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cast glass installation for hospital healing environment
Grace Unbound (detail of work in progress)
Cast Glass, Stainless Steel
50' x 30' x 12'

Grace Unbound

St. Alphonsus Medical Center, Nampa Idaho

Amy Westover with Aarons International for the artwork installation. Architecture by ZGF Architects LLP with Layton Construction. Project commissioned through St. Alphonsus Medical Center with Jacque Crist as art consultant.

Grace Unbound is comprised of 70 cast glass discs ranging in size from 32" diameter to 12" diameter and each is 1/2" thick. The circular discs reference the colorful spheres of refracted light, often captured in photographs of the sun. The discs are placed in six ascending "rays" that radiate up and outward from a central point in the space of the entrance lobby. The pattern created by the sun ray clusters reinforces the idea of a sunburst of light.

The goal for this commission was to express the mission of the hospital; healing body, mind and spirit, and to provide a spiritually symbolic artwork that reflects not only the history of the hospital but the ongoing dedication to spiritual care. The intention was to connect people to a sense of place in the architecture of the hospital setting while offering a sense of peace, beauty and expression of nature.