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North Carolina Children's Hospital

When the North Carolina Children's Hospital opened its new building in 2002, one of the goals was to employ art to make the main lobby and hallways as bright and cheerful as possible. A variety of works contributes to this mission, including the whimsical farm-themed "Chess Board" (above left), by Ruth Anderson. Renowned fabric artist Peg Gignoux worked with McDougle Middle School Girl Scout Troop 744 to create two story quilts, one of which, "The Village of Hope," hangs in the main lobby (above right). The UNC Hospital Volunteer Association donated a massive contraption filled with rolling balls and moving parts. A mosaic wall runs the length of the hallway from the lobby to the hospital interior, composed of ceramic tiles painted by children who have been patients at the hospital; their designs include words of thanks and prayer in addition to colorful depictions of the people, animals, and things they love. These works, and others, combine to make the lobby of the Children's Hospital one of the most colorful and expressive places on campus.