Located just two blocks from the Mayo Clinic in downtown Rochester, this hotel project for Hilton Hotels & Resorts features a collection of modern artwork designed to heal and inspire.
The Mayo Clinic is the #1 rated medical institution in the United States with over 1 million patients annually and over 2 million visitors each year. Chicago Art Source was tasked to create a comprehensive art program for the hotel that would serve as the premier option for all Mayo Clinic patients, as well as visitors and conference attendees.
In partnership with The Gettys Group, we developed an art approach that would both enhance and emphasize the design that was inspired by the architectural heritage of Southeastern Minnesota. Curated to provide balance to the health and wellness focus, the sensory experience evoked seasonal elements of flora, forests, water, snow, ice and fields.
Upon entry in the lobby, guests are greeted by a massive 20-foot canvas by Amy Donaldson. Right after Amy was commissioned for this piece (her largest ever) fires struck her home state of California, tragically claiming many of her neighbors’ homes. Yet, somehow hers remained in tact, canvas and all. Amy’s wish through this piece was that patients and families will feel a sense of divine love and trust that they are protected and not alone. Check out the work in progress here.
Other public space work includes giclee on canvas inspired by the beauty of horizons by a Minnesota-based artist in the tech lounge, as well as another Minnesota artist who was commissioned to create a piece drawing on the calming nature of the sea for the pre-function meeting spaces areas.
For the 5th floor pre-function space, stone and resin sculptural installations in cream and gilded finishes evoke ripples of water. In the hallway corridor, giclee on paper works provide pops of color drawing on a sunrise.
As you enter the guestrooms, an effortlessly refined experience awaits after a day of travel, functions or time spent at the clinic. The rooms are both balanced and modern with a residential quality and a tranquil elegance. Contemporary gallery wrapped canvases serve as a modern view over the headboards, while colorful prints on styrene provide a pop of whimsy in the bathrooms. Enhanced suite artwork includes a diverse of prints and canvases inspired by lakes, reflections, trees and waves.
Overall, Chicago Art Source sourced, commissioned, framed and installed over XX pieces to holistically enhance the entire guest experience for this special project.