Art with heart: Making children's health wards less scary

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City philanthropy is using art to make health facilities a little less intimidating for young patients.

RxArt commissions top contemporary artists to create original works at pediatric wards across the country — on walls, ceilings, floors, even medical equipment.

Last week, artist Jose Parla painted an abstract multi-layered mural on the rooftop garden of an Upper Manhattan facility that specializes in treating HIV-positive children.

Diane Brown founded RxArt. She came up with the idea after a claustrophobic CAT scan experience. She channeled the work of her favorite artist and soon forgot about the narrow machine.

She later commissioned pop artist Jeff Koons to decorate a CAT scan machine with his monkey characters at an Illinois hospital.