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CHILD’S PLAY
Project (CHEP), described as “the curating and procurement of purposeful artwork to provide positive distraction, inspire, educate, and promote healing.” Throughout the Teck Acute Care Centre is a specially selected collection of original murals, sculptures, and interactive displays created by more than 60 artists and six iconic community organizations from across British Columbia. On each  oor, purposeful art and installations engage, inspire, and comfort children, youth, families, and even the sta .
The  rst of its kind in Canada, CHEP supports the growing body of evidence that healing experiences using purposeful art can result in measurable clinical outcomes, including the reduction in anxiety, perception of pain, and need for sedation, as well as shortened hospital stays. However, this is not a case of “art for art’s sake.” Each piece of art and every installation has a purpose and is connected to a desired clinical outcome.
A guiding principle of the project was to involve the very people who understand the hospital experience the most: patients, families, and health care professionals. A Children’s Healing Experience Project Commi ee, made up of medical experts, patient families, community volunteers, builders, hospital leadership, and Aesthetics Inc., reviewed more than 1,200 submissions through a nationwide call for artists.
Ultimately, it was the kids who had the  nal say on the artwork, weighing in with valuable feedback, such as a desire for scenes that reminded them of home and activities with family.
As a result, the Teck Acute Care Centre is  lled with 220 murals, 360 ceiling tiles, and 8 sculptures — all of which are re ective of the natural beauty and diversity of the province.
It also has exhibits from community partners — The Vancouver Art Gallery, Royal BC Museum, Vancouver Aquarium, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Museum of Anthropology at UBC, and Science World — designed to educate and engage children in ways never before seen in a hospital. There are also two themed playrooms, created
by the Vancouver Canucks and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, that o er kids a place to escape and families with a se ing to connect.
Se ing the stage for this unusual experience inside the hospital was partly the responsibility of the lighting designers at Vancouver-based SMP Engineering, who worked on all areas of the Centre, including the main lobby and the entrance’s exterior canopy.
The design aesthetic in these areas is an airy, high wooden structure that carries  uidly from the outdoor canopy through to the indoor lobby. The lighting team’s objectives was to provide high levels of direct illumination to  ll the space and
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