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Glass Art and the Healing Arts

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A project that combines glass art and the healing arts is now on view in the new lobby of the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters.

For glass artist Therman Statom, this is the ninth time he has created artwork for a children's hospital or pediatric ward. The artist known for his large-scale public art installations is the son of a teacher and a doctor, and he donated his time and talent to this project. This installation includes 120 hand-crafted glass fish swimming in space.

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Sarah Parsons and Therman Statom. Click image to enlarge.

The Chrysler Museum's Perry Glass Studio donated glass, studio time and artistry in creating glass fish for the installation. Some fish were designed by patients, and a few even had the chance to come to the Studio and join in the glassblowing.

For Sarah Parsons, who heard the blessed word "remission" after her CHKD treatments, it was a chance to design one of the fish that will be included in the installation. She also got to blow glass and shape it with paddles. At the end of the session, all involved posed for what around here we call the class picture. Her finished fish is shown at the very bottom of the page.

For more information on this project, here's a piece from the Virginian-Pilot, here's one from WAVY TV, and here is a Facebook photo album from CHKD. Shown below is a wonderful, three-minute video on the project produced by CHKD.

Photos by Ed Pollard, Museum Photographer.

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