Harborview Medical Center

Harborview Medical Center

Tad Savinar

Keep Them Well

Tad Savinar created the etched glass artwork Keep Them Well for the diverse population that passes through Harborview Medical Center.

© 1996 Tad Savinar, Keep Them Well, etched glass (detail). Photo by Joe Manfredini.

Savinar collected stories, quotes, phrases and hopes from hospital staff, patients and families by placing cards on the food trays distributed throughout the hospital. Their stories are written in languages that represent the "four corners of the world": Asia (Vietnamese), South and Central America and Mexico (Spanish), Africa (Somali), and Europe (English). Accenting the text, images of birds, stars and a diamond evoke a sense of the unattainable or "bigger than all of us" feeling, which is amplified further by the views through the glass to the sky above and the activities below. Our relationship to this wide world also finds expression through the flaw in the diamond, symbolizing the imperfections that are part of the preciousness, depth and brilliance of life.
 
 
 
© 1996 Tad Savinar, Keep Them Well, etched glass (detail). Photo by Joe Manfredini.
© 1996 Tad Savinar, Keep Them Well, etched glass (detail). Photo by Joe Manfredini.
© 1996 Tad Savinar, Keep Them Well, etched glass. Photo by Joe Manfredini.
© 1996 Tad Savinar, Keep Them Well, etched glass (detail). Photo by Joe Manfredini.
© 1996 Tad Savinar, Keep Them Well, etched glass (detail). Photo by Joe Manfredini.