A five-part series highlighting the local artists commissioned to contribute original artwork to the new clinic
This is part two of a five-part series. Tune in each Friday to see more of our featured local artists.
On March 7, 2022, Seattle Children’s new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) opened the doors to begin serving patients from a second location in the Othello Square complex. In order to deepen the connection with the area, some 21 artists from the local community who are Black, Latinx or Indigenous were commissioned to contribute more than 30 pieces of original artwork in the new building. Using the guiding principles of art that would support health through nature, celebrate inclusiveness, cultivate wonder and joy, and celebrate and honor history, artwork was carefully selected and placed throughout the clinic to enrich the space. Take a journey below through the special artwork showcased throughout the clinic.
“Behold! This artwork serves as a continuation of the mural on the Othello Safeway I painted in collaboration with Craig Cundiff and Henry Luke. Guided by the Sun, endemic species of birds, flowers and animals reflect the people and cultures historically present in Othello. This mural was painted to reverberate a spirit of well-being and engage visitors in modes of play, rest, and discovery.”
“My intention for these 15 pieces was for the children to explore and use their imagination to travel and recreate the world I created for them. The most powerful place of peace is in the imagination. It’s where children especially can have the most fun and enjoyment. If a child is hurt in any way and needs to go to the hospital, I want to remind them that we can always travel to a joyful place.”
“Life is full of constant movement and change, but we are never alone in it. So many others can relate to our joys, triumphs, and struggles. Together we find strength and love, and everything integral to being human. Our families, friends, all of our loved ones help us through this journey as we help others. All of us part of a connected humanity, that when together becomes what life is all about.”
“Back home in East Africa, the sunrise is always bright, and rain is rare. The Aqal Soomaali or Nomadic Huts, are made of wood and woven grasses that can easily be packed up and transported on the back of a camel to the next location. The nomadic people of Somalia travel to find water and escape drought. Their moveable homes are a complete shelter that provides protection from rain, wind, and sun.”