Themed Spaces | Nationwide Children's Hospital
For the new lobby of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, LifeFormations engineered and built a magical sculpture forest full of bright green trees, animatronic bird houses, and interactive sculptural elements. Supporting NCH’s “Everything Matters” approach in family health, this forest provides hospital workers, visiting family members, and patients with a much-needed destination for relaxation and entertainment.
To explore ideas, our design team created a series of dimensional maquettes that could easily be manipulated during meetings with the hospital's creative and administrative teams. By using a transparent and collaborative design, the final product was exactly what the hospital wanted. Constructed of seven bright green, CNC routed, and hand-carved trees reaching 34-feet high, the NCH forest buzzes with daily activity. While adults relax under the skylight canopy, children run and crawl through tree trunk openings, listen for birds in the animatronic birdhouses, and wave to the playful menagerie of sculpted animals hanging from the tree branches and lobby ceiling. Colorful and interactive, the magic forest is a place of laughter and respite for all visitors.
Graphic Production • Digital and Traditional Sculpting • Milling • Painting & Artistic Treatments • Mechanical Fabrication • Custom Show Control System Assembly & Programming • Installation