Beautiful artwork dedicated to healing of Moore tornado revealed

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NORMAN, Okla. — The Norman Regional Health Foundation revealed the art piece that was constructed for the Art for Healing project dedicated to the help Oklahomans heal from the May 20, 2013 tornado.

The sculpture, named “Sanctuary,” is fabricated from powder-coated stainless steel and 2,000 Swarovski prismatic crystals.

The artwork’s construction coincides with building construction of the new state-of-the-art $29 million healthcare facility and hopes to serve as a visual symbol of hope and healing. The artwork will be located near the main exterior entry point of the facility.

“Research has shown that the creative process and art itself can be healing – especially when coping with challenging conditions,” said Richie Splitt, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Norman Regional Moore. “We believe this art project will serve as a very public symbol of strength while inspiring hope and healing for our community.”

The project started on the one year anniversary of the May 20, 2013 tornado that destroyed Moore Medical Center, when a Call to Artists was released to begin the submission process for the Moore Medical Art for Healing project.

The call to professional artists was for a major work of art to be created for patients, employees and the community to enjoy outside the new medical building that visually represents the innovation, strength, trust, and protection demonstrated in the wake of the communal loss and devastation after the tornado.

Brower Hatcher of Mid-Ocean Studio, located in Providence, R.I., is the commissioned artist selected to create the artwork for the new Norman Regional Moore facility.

The Art for Healing artist and the art project were revealed at the Norman Regional Health Foundation’s annual Ambassador Ball on Feb. 6.  The Foundation works to improve the health of the community through special projects and grant awards. It also supports the best and brightest health care students in the region through its scholarship and Belknap Proctorship programs. To learn more about the Foundation visit their website

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