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Keep Them Well

Tad Savinar

Harborview Medical Center

A chorus of voices speaks through multi-lingual quotes in etched glass windows that tie together two wings of the hospital.

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

Portland-based artist Tad Savinar created this integrated “zipper” wall to knit together Harborview’s old East Hospital Wing with the West Hospital Wing addition.

The etched glass features 11 quotes from patients, families, and staff—permanent sentiments from those receiving and giving care at the hospital. While creating the piece, Savinar collected stories and quotes by placing cards on the food trays distributed throughout the hospital, which he provided in Vietnamese, Spanish, Somali, and English. Each quote appears in its own unique color, changing with the light throughout the day.
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© 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.
 

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Harborview Medical Center

For more than a century, Harborview Medical Center has functioned as a unique community and regional resource. It is a county hospital, a teaching and research institution, a regional trauma and burn center, and the primary health care provider for many low-income and disenfranchised people in the community. Harborview embraces its mission of treating everybody,…

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