One of the pieces featured in Avera McKennan's sculpture walk inside the hospital.
We know that different forms of art can create all kinds of different feelings and emotions in those who experience it, but did you know art has healing properties as well? That's just one of the reasons Avera McKennan Hospital has unveiled its 3rd annual Sculpture Walk inside the hospital. Dr. Jennifer McKay starts by explaining the "arts in healing" concept.
We believe and studies suggest that a positive attitude and mental well-being can have a great effect on the body's ability to heal its self as well as improve a patient's emotional state, and pain perception. Art can create hope and positivity and help people cope with difficulties.
Enjoying a piece of art can be calming or soothing, it can make you smile; can make you nostalgic for a better time. Avera McKennan has one of the largest private collections of art in the state with hundreds of pieces on display at all of our facilities. It's a mile long through several buildings on the Avera McKennan campus so it great exercise!
There are 18 pieces in the collection and we have artists who represent different countries. For example, we have two artists who live and work in both China. In fact, this artist had a sculpture on display at the Beijing Olympics and the Netherlands. We have artists from Columbia and Argentina and one who lives in Sioux Falls. We have one artist who is a cancer survivor.
You can view each artist's work on our website which also links to the downtown sculpture walk. There's a ballot at each station for the people's choice. McKennan buys that piece for the permanent collection