REGENSTRIEF INSTITUTE | ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHIC DESIGN
Large, custom sculpture enhances exterior courtyard while celebrating the achievements of Regenstrief Institute’s founders, Sam and Myrtie Regenstrief.
Our latest sculpture represents a new breed of art installations and environmental branding that White Design Studio is creating. Instead of being purely decorative, WDS is using custom sculpture and environmental graphics to tell the story of an organization. This statue tells the story of The Regenstrief Institute. It is emblematic of the Institute’s core values, inspirational to their employees and partners, and is an exciting centerpiece for their new courtyard.
In 2013, we were asked to design, fabricate and install all of the environmental graphic design for the Regenstrief Institute’s new facility on Indiana University’s medical campus in Indianapolis. Our solution was to bring the Regenstrief Institute’s mission “Pathways to Better Health” to life through engaging graphics and storytelling that integrated into the architecture and interior design.
While working on the inside elements, we were asked to provide design concepts for the exterior courtyard. The goal was to build an exterior centerpiece sculpture which celebrated the Institute’s founders; industrial visionary and philanthropist Sam Regenstrief, and his wife, Myrtie. The pair founded the Institute with a vision of improving public health through technological innovation and cutting-edge healthcare research. Our solution most importantly represents the core values of the Regenstrief Institute and Foundation. But the art installation also offers a creative and inspiring environment for the employees and the surrounding community.
Regenstrief Institute commissioned us to create a centerpiece for the courtyard to honor Sam and Myrtie Regenstrief. Our art installation features two stylized wooden figures, representing the founding couple. Cables affixed to their fingertips support a three-dimensional representation of the Institute’s mission to “create pathways to better health.” In other words, the Sam and Myrtie figurines are literally and figuratively supporting their mission for the Regenstrief Institute.
Our design goal was to bring the phrase “connect and innovate” to life. The courtyard design consists of a series of pathways and nodes that are intended to foster the different kinds of connections and collaboration opportunities that are the cornerstone of the Institute. To accomplish this, we first divided the space into three different sized pods or private areas. Then we selected a variety of seating configurations to encourage spontaneous connections. The sculpture is located in the center pod and sits on a platform that can be used as a soapbox or as a bench for larger groups. The two “humanoids” representing Sam and Myrtie are constructed of laminated wood. The stainless canopy above brings to life the idea of pathways and connections.
Peter White and his team from White Design Studio in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio created several concepts for the centerpiece, sculpture design. Each idea was conceived to be an extension of the branding features located inside the institute’s new facility as well as a sculptural representation of the institute’s mission of Pathways to Better Health.
WDS assembled a team of consultants, fabricators, and installation professional to help bring our design to life — Basermatter consulted with us to create the model in 3D, Thorson Baker provided structural engineering services. Laminated lumber structures from Unalam were fabricated off-site and shipped to the site assembled. Sheil Sexton poured the stage and integrated lighting fixtures specified and provided by Steve Kolodziej from Specified Lighting Systems of Indiana.
Long-time partner, Tim Kane and his team from Vulkane, fabricated the canopy and installed the finished product. Design, engineering, fabrication and installation took approximately one year.
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