Sculpture #14: The Watering Hole by Sondra Johnson in the lobby of Avera McKennan.
The folks at Avera McKennan know the waiting room can get awfully boring when you are waiting for a loved one to come out of surgery. We take you on a tour of sculpture walk inside the hospital and the role it plays in the art of healing.
15 original and unique works of art make up the sculpture walk in Avera McKennan. They are located all over campus. On all 4 floors of the hospital, in the Avera Cancer Institute and in both Doctors Plazas.
Avera McKennan Director of Marketing and Creative Services Russ McKnight says "We find that having original art , high quality art in a hospital environment lends itself to more of a healing environment. It's good for the patient, good for families, good for people passing through. There is a connection, I don't think we can explain it, but a connection to aesthetic objects and a healing environment ."
The original sculpture walk started with fundraising in 2003 in downtown Sioux Falls and was founded by Jim Clark. It was hugely and beautifully successful they moved one inside to Avera McKennan.
Jim Clark says, "Our artists create larger sculptures for downtown and smaller sculptures are created for here. It's a wonderful opportunity to bring smaller sculptures to Sioux Falls. And all the pieces are different from the ones outside downtown."
If you take in all the sculptures you will walk one mile, take 1,987 steps, burn 97 calories and get cultured. Plus, it gives a worried mind something else to think about for a little while.
Russ McKnight says, "Someone would be having an operation and you could be stuck here for 6 hours and don't want to leave. Sculpture walk is inside the hospital to they can take time out and look around. It's a pleasant distraction from what brings you here."
And sometimes a trip back to to the ol' watering hole (sculpture #14) may provide the break you need to help recharge your strength and your positive energy.
There are brochures all over the hospital with a map to show you where they are. Also, on it is a ballot so you can take part in the People's Choice Award. There are ballot boxes located at every sculpture too.