Rocking Rooms for Chemo

Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo

Last fall I was called to update a dreary chemotherapy room for a new charity Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo.  Since I had lost my step mother to cancer, and just finished a large private medical office, this seemed like a manageable task.  

The design was for a person who is sitting for hours on end, receiving chemotherapy. Young, or old, man or woman.  And I was reminded by the hospital administration that some of their patients are also not American born, so keep it "international" looking.  I immediately gravitated towards a David Hicks vintage wallpaper that was re-issued around 2009. 

Since the wallpaper was being imported from the UK, the safety ratings were too complex for the hospitals administrative team, and was not approved.  Plan B: apply pattern and color with hospital grade paint!  Enter...Lynne Rutter, muralist extraordinaire!

Lynne and her team developed a template which was comprised of enlarged and layered hexagon patterns.

Shannon Geise was the junior muralist, who is pictured above.  I functioned, as well as two of the the hospital administrators Noelle Lutz and Vernon Moreno, as Lynne's assistants.  

Room with base coat only

Room with base coat only

Lynne hanging first template after chalking off the pattern layout.

Lynne hanging first template after chalking off the pattern layout.

Posing with Lynne on day three during a very rewarding process.

Posing with Lynne on day three during a very rewarding process.