H.art, a little fresh art

that warms the heart of hospitals

THE PRINCIPLE

  • Soothes and calms patients

  • Inspires the medical staff

  • Brings color and beauty into a frequently depressing examining room atmosphere

  • Makes art part of the therapy

BEFORE
AFTER

H.art, a little fresh art

HOW WE WORK

We simply work to transform waiting rooms and examining rooms by incorporating art so that both the staff and the patients feel better.

By giving emerging artists the possibility of putting their research and their techniques to use for a good cause.

The most important element is that we take care of everything:

Definition of projects, selection of artists, financing, coordination, fabrication, installation, maintenance...

Everything the medical team has no time to do.The work is conceived in conjunction with the staff: they are

the ones who will be in the space daily.

We take the technical, human, and financial constraints into account as well as the emotional charge linked to these services.

Custom-made art for small budgets.

H.art, a little fresh art

THE FIRST PROJECT: I Think I Can

The result of meeting the professor Guy Sebag, the Pediatric Radiology unit head at the Robert Debré hospital in 2013.

The prinical idea is that “everything is possible” It’s also the heart of the H.art project.

In the room dedicated to the mini MRI where children can learn about and

play with the machine to get used to it before going through the real one,

Aviva Brooks hung «I think I can» a large plafyul painting and covered another

wall with a whiteboard surface giving kids the power to write their own

messages or draw all over the wall.

“I think I can” (2007) inspired by The Little Engine That Could.

To think of hard things and say, “I can’t” is sure to mean “Nothing done.”

To refuse to be daunted and insist on saying, “I think I can,” is to make sure of being able to say triumphantly by and by,

“I thought I could, I thought I could.”

H.art, a little fresh art

SEQUOIA FOREST and CEILING GAME

Uro-digestive Radiology exam room - Pediatric Radiiology Unit, Hôpital Robert Debré, Paris

After the mini MRI, Aviva set her sights on the Uro-digestive Radiology exam room, a particularily stressful time for the little patients. This room needed a different ambiance: the patients range in age from 2 to 18 years old, so the environment couldn’t be too childish. We decided to transform the room into a sun-soaked and peaceful sequoia forest. A very large scale photo (5x3 meters) printed on adhesive vinyl certified M1 fire safe. In order to distract the younger children during the exam which could last up to 40 minutes, a hide and seek game of objects hidden in the sky and clouds was installed on the ceiling above their head.

H.art, a little fresh art

VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD

X-ray room - Pediatric Radiology Unit, Hôpital Robert Debré, Paris

For the third room, where the children don’t stay long and the x-ray is not painful, we worked with a group of graphic design students (ECV, Paris). Using the Voyage around the world theme, they designed a wall mural, printed on adhesive vinyl and installed in June 2015.

BEFORE
AFTER

H.art, a little fresh art

TROMPE-L'OEIL

Mammography changing rooms- Gynecology Unit,

University Hospital Kremlin-Bicêtre, Paris

AFTER

Dressing the changing rooms in trompe l’oeil.

A patient can wait up to 45 minutes in this one square meter space. Using images that bring in sunlight and enlarge the perspective, women feel more comfortable and peaceful during their wait.

BEFORE

H.art, a little fresh art

A DAY AT THE PARK

Uro-digestive Radiology exam room Pediatric Radiology Unit, 

University Hospital Kremlin-Bicêtre, Paris

The newly renovated Pediatric Uro-digestive Radiology exam room sported immense bare white walls. It was transformed with a vintage merry-go-round and hundreds of brightly colored balloons in the sky. Balloons were also placed above the examining table on the ceiling to distract children during the exam. For example: assistants can ask them how many blue or red balloons they see.

H.art, a little fresh art

A DAY AT THE BEACH

Doctor's Interpretation room Adult Radiology Unit, 

University Hospital Kremlin-Bicêtre, Paris

The newly renovated Doctor's Interpretation Room in the Adult Radiology Unit is a windowless space. Aviva imported warm sun, blue sky and the Atlantic ocean from the Vendée region of France.

INSTITUT CURIE

Adult & pediatric radiology unit MRI Waiting room

Dr. Hervé Brisse

H.art, a little fresh art

Biophilia is the innate connection between humans and nature. Until recently, biophilic design consisted of using stock photos of flowers or a classic nature landscape, but studies have shown that this is not enough, the images must also distract and intrigue the spectator. Here, an impression of liquid over a forest scene; the spectator wonders: is it water or a forest ? 

INSTITUT CURIE

Adult & pediatric radiology unit Biopsy room

Dr. Hervé Brisse

H.art, a little fresh art

In the biopsy room, taking “biopsies” of elements found in a relaxing beach scene photo (sand, a drop of sea water, and canvas umbrella)helps patients understand more about the procedure they are undergoing. On the adjacent wall photo, a “biopsy” of wood. Technical explanations about the procedure and the enlarged “biopsies” on the wall are given to the patient to read, distracting and occupying them during the exam.

INSTITUT CURIE

Adult & pediatric radiology unit Echography exam room

Dr. Hervé Brisse

H.art, a little fresh art

In the echography exam room, koi fish superimposed on a scintillating sea recall the marine origins of the echograph. The staff uses the ship portholes to help the patients get into the desired position for the exam.

HÔPITAL BICETRE

Pediatric radiology unit Waiting Room

Dr. Catherine Adamsbaum

H.art, a little fresh art

The recently renovated Pediatric Radiology Department sports 800 metres of white empty walls. The challenge was to find a theme that could appeal to very young infants up to adolescents. The different areas each had a theme tied together by the same palette of pop colors. The centerpiece disguised the reception desk as a 70's VW camping van. In the main area, a splash of color patterns and pop follow a single line as it curls and bends around the space with an added touch of humour in each panel using familiar icons in improbable situations. Another long corridor housed a game of 5 rectangles: Using only 5 white rectangles as a base, 8 different scenes were created. In a tucked away corner of the waiting room a joyous air traffic jam fills the space with every conceivable object that can be found in the sky; children can try to count how many kites there are or try to find the one and only Superman.

HÔPITAL BICETRE

Pediatric radiology unit 4 Echography Exam Rooms

Dr. Catherine Adamsbaum

H.art, a little fresh art

ECHO 1

This echography exam room theme was inspired by the Enchanted Flute opera chosen by Dr. Danielle Pariente. A very large collage mixing the different elements from the opera and lit with special LED lights so as to not disturb the echography procedure.

ECHO 2

This echography exam room theme was inspired by a larger-than-life sized "Jeu d'oie" game. Here the theme is the sea and there are lots of things to look at which helps the staff when using hypnosis to calm the patients.

ECHO 3

This echography exam room sports a photo of a grafitti wall by @Faki. Pediatrics covers babies to teen-agers and this mural appeals to all ages.

ECHO 4

With just a few airplane windows we've transformed this echography exam room into an airplane with some one very famous flying by...

HÔPITAL BICETRE

Hallway joining the Pediatric radiology unit and the Adult radiology unit

H.art, a little fresh art

A high traffic hallway joining the Adult and Pediatric radiology units (among others) was transformed into a mini-gallery by making enlargements of photographer André Adamsbaum's photos to cover all the doors.

HÔPITAL BICETRE

Pediatric Electroencephalography (EEG)  exam room

Neuro Radiology Service

Madame Catherine REGEN, Cadre de Pole

H.art, a little fresh art

This exam room was renovated to make it sound-proof so the children could fall asleep easier. The room divider keeps distracting parents apart but still in the room. A huge thank-you to Susan Perez, the artist who created these soothing and joyful images for this space and a big Thank-you as well to the foundation Air France for the funding.

HÔPITAL SALPETRIERE

NeuroOncology Service

Chef de Pole Dr Jean-Yves Delattre,Chef de Service Dr Khe Hoang-Xuan

Cadre de Santé Rachel Verbrugghe

H.art, a little fresh art

The neuro-oncology service at the hospital Salpetriereis is made up of a cavernous entryway and 2 extremely long corridors. The entryway was transformed into a colorful bamboo garden and each wing of the service was transformed into a voyage; either by train or by plane. The corridor was filled with airplane windows, but instead of seeing the typical airborne images, we decided to have fun and put improbable images that you would never normally see from an airplane throughout the long corridor. At the end of the hall, the plane actually lands as seen from the cockpit of the airplane.

HÔPITAL ST LOUIS

Pulmonology Service

Chef de Service Pr. TAZI

H.art, a little fresh art

The pulmonology service at the the hospital St Louis was recently renovated giving us a clean slate to create a "breathing" themed collage.

H.art, a little fresh art

Aviva Brooks

An American artist living in Paris for over 25 years, Aviva donated the original oil painting from the "I Think I can" series to the Pediatric Radiology Unit of the Robert Debré Hospital in 2013. It was the Pr. Guy Sebag, the department head, who gave her the idea behind H.art. Her next step is to create a non-profit organization in order to raise funds to pursue more ambitious transformation projects such as interactive digital walls and creating activity centers for waiting rooms.

contact:

corridor after