Artist Derrick Brown Transforms Hospital Rooms Into a Canvas of Color and Whimsy

Adams says he wanted the spaces designs to seem like an escape for the young clients. He also wanted the design to feel appropriate for clients of every age– from picky toddlers to energetic teens. While the “floaters” are definitely eye-catching, Adams paid particular attention to the murals water background– grand pieces of deep cerulean that frame the kids and animals upon them with nearly Hockney-like impact.” There is no foreground or background, theres just water,” states Adams, whose multidisciplinary works incorporates elements varying from video and performance art to paintings and collage. “The floaties are reducing the effects of things that represent leisure,” he continues. “For individuals of color, leisure is something that can constantly feel political.” One of the treatment spaces before the Adams-led restoration.
Photo: Timothy DoyonFor RxArt founder and president Diane Brown, the Adams job felt especially relevant during the COVID-19 era, especially as neighborhoods such as Harlem have actually taken such an out of proportion hit. Certainly, since of the crush of COVID-19 patients, Brown says Adamss installation took somewhat longer than usual to set up– but was very much worth the hold-up.” Weve wished to work with Harlem Hospital given that the day we were established … and Derrick was actually a best fit,” states Brown, who is now working on her next RxArt partnership, a series of wall coverings and scanner covers by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami at the Childrens National Hospital in Washington, D.C. “He actually understood the power these works need to change a kids healthcare facility experience.”