Chihuly inspired art at Mary Free Bed

Mary Free Bed Kent Riddle joined WZZM to discuss the art you can find in the hospital's lobby.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - At Mary Free Bed, you can find a Chihuly inspired glass sculpture in the lobby of the rehabilitation hospital.

CEO Kent Riddle says there is inspiration behind the flower design and the colors, "What we wanted to do before we did anything else was to lift them up and inspire them.

"To basically say this is a world without barriers and we thought art was the best way to do that. It's beautiful with all the colors when you walk in it doesn't feel at all like a hospital.

"It was really designed around our colors green is new life orange is a call to positive action. We wanted it to feel uplifting and give the message that anything can happen, and the artist went to the Chihuly School of Art so for anyone familiar with that's why it might look a little familiar tell me about him."

Once again this year, Mary Free Bed is making sure that everyone is included offering free wheelchairs for those who might need them.

Wheelchair-accessible van pick-up: Rides are available from the Ford Museum back to the AccessArt Lounge at Ascentcare. Please pre-arrange with the Ascentcare staff.

Wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, available CNAs, limited wheelchair van parking spaces, and manual wheelchairs for check-out are all available from the AccessArt Lounge.

Wheelchairs are graciously provided by Airway Oxygen, and are also available at the ArtPrize HUB at 41 Sheldon Blvd SE.

For more information visit: http://www.artprize.org/blog/artprize-pathways-accessart

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