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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vancouver General Hospital Art

A little more than a century ago the Heather Pavilion Vancouver's new hospital was built on the slopes of Fairview and welcomed it's first forty-seven patients. Since 1908 VGH has grown by leaps and bounds as observed by the many newer pavilions and research facilities constructed over the past century most of which still exist today. There is a plan underway to bring the Heather Pavilion back to life and to refurbish and upgrade some of the other older VGH buildings. Heather Pavillion 1908

The first ambulance at VGH

Other older buildings at VGH include the Doctors Residence and the Willow Chest Pavilion

Some of the more recent buildings on VGH site (Top) Main acute care buildings at Vancouver General today Jimmy Patterson Pavilion and Centennial Pavilion (Below) Diamond Outpatient Building and Spinal Cord Research Centre

A stunning sight designed by Bunting Coady Architects of Vancouver with aesthetic flourishes by artist Alan Storey, the stylish power plant at West 12th Avenue and Willow Street is the final element in an eight-year initiative to complete the Jim Pattison pavilion.

As I walked through the hallways of the now Vancouver General Hospital I enjoyed the many very large works of art placed throughout the buildings. I photographed just a few of my favorites that were on display.

Hill Fire by Jack Shadboldt These are three very striking paintings placed side by side in the main lobby of the Jimmy Patterson Pavilion

The Best Place by Tom Miller

I Desire by Peter VoormeiJ

The Diamond Family Courtyard displays a number of beautiful works of art

Family Mosaic by Wendy Hamlin

Strange Constellation by Peter Aspel

A plaque in the main corridor reads VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation is committed to the healing power of art and to creating a stimulating and attractive environment for the benefit of patients and their families, staff and visitors.

Location:Vancouver, BC

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