It's not every day that you get to create a 9' wall sculpture for a new multi-million medical and educational facility but that's what happened. In a wonderful partnership with Pardee Hospital, Wingate University and Blue Ridge Community College, along with the Gallery at Flat Rock, I was invited to create a very special wall hanging that is now the centerpiece of the entrance of the new Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
I visited the space with gallery owner, Suzi Ball and was impressed with the overall design features of the space, aesthetics and sheer size. Yes, it's huge and yet the space is very warm and inviting.
In creating a large scale sculpture for a commercial space such as this, I had to keep several things in mind including scale, where it would be viewed from, how it would me mounted and of course, cleaned. Everything came together beautifully and the day after the installation I was invited to participate in the dedication of this special space.
Who knows what the future holds, but I would love to create some more sculpture for these commercial spaces.
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.