Artists dedicate ‘Sea of Jellies’ mosaic at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

Earlier this year, the cafeteria courtyard at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital glittered with buckets of colorful glass pieces and shimmery stones during Community Art Day.

Many hospital staff members took a few minutes out of their lunch or break time to join in the activity by adding a few pieces to the jellyfish seascape mosaic panel. In addition, community members and some family members of hospital staff attended and learned how to make a small mosaic flowerpot to keep.

The mosaic panel, entitled “A Sea of Jellies,” has since been framed and was recently dedicated and presented to the hospital administration. It will be displayed in a prominent area of the hospital for all to enjoy.

Sponsored by the Oregon Coast Children’s Theater/Oregon Coast Children’s Center for the Arts in Toledo, the broken plate mosaic workshop and all supplies were free of charge.

When Larry Adrian, director and founder of the organizations, first approached the hospital about hosting this art project, hospital administrators were thrilled.

“The project represents a generous gift of time and talent, and it coincides perfectly with Samaritan’s initiative of integrating arts into health care. Through the everyday presence of art, we can help enhance the health care experience for patients, visitors and staff,” said hospital CEO Lesley Ogden, MD.

Broken plate mosaic is a phrase that was coined from the work of Antoni Gaudi in Spain using recycled ceramics, glass and tile.  OCCT/OCCCA has produced more than 73 works of public art around the western United States, most often traveling to schools, libraries and museums with their educational art programs.