Art has long played an important role in what we do and who we are at Akron Children’s Hospital, especially art that depicts life through the eyes of a child.
So what better way to commemorate our 125th anniversary than with a community art program of brightly colored, larger-than-life metal flower sculptures?
The hospital commissioned 25 stunning works of art to celebrate the community spirit and support that’s been growing in our backyard since our humble beginnings in 1890.
The vibrant art serves as a metaphor for our growing, thriving and blossoming pediatric healthcare system.
The 6- to 9-foot eye-popping sculptures, designed by Judith Spater and created by Stephen Canneto of Columbus, represent more than 15 different real-life flower species native to northeast Ohio, including violets, sunflowers, lilies, coneflowers and asters.
Crafted out of metal and stainless steel, the sculptures are durable enough to withstand the region’s climate extremes.
Where can you find them?
The sculptures will be popping up at spots around the greater Akron region where families already love to visit.
We’ve partnered with organizations, venues and businesses to display the colorful creations in many of the communities we’ve been privileged to serve.
You’ll soon see them at places like the Akron Zoo, Summit County Library, Boettler Park in Green, Medina Square, Lock 3, First & Main in Hudson, Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, downtown Wadsworth, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, the Twinsburg Community Center and more. (View a list of sculpture locations.)
The spring timing for the first peek at the flower sculptures is also aligned with the much-anticipated grand opening of our Kay Jewelers Pavilion.
The giant flowers are a natural fit for the fun and child-friendly backyard theme of our new building, which houses a new ER, NICU, outpatient surgery center and special delivery area.
We look forward to displaying an 8-foot, bright yellow Trout Lily in the garden area in front of our hospital.
As part of our year-long anniversary celebration, we’re telling the story of Akron Children’s through the eyes of past and present employees, doctors, donors, volunteers and patient families. We encourage you to share your own memories and stories about us.