2D collage-based public art, 2022–2024 ongoing/in process
12 panels installed on glass windscreens on two rapid transit bus shelters near WakeMed Memorial Hospital, Raleigh, NC
Each panel is ~3’7” x 4’11”
total dimensions: 42"10' x 4'11
Felix Obelix: collage
Commissioned by: City of Raleigh, Office of Raleigh Arts
This bus station site is near WakeMed Memorial Hospital in Raleigh, NC. The focus of the outbound stations is the history of medical education in Raleigh, while the inbound station artwork offers words of hope to those arriving to the hospital by bus. Significant historical research and community engagement informed the process of creating these pieces. Archival photographs from the News & Observer, Raleigh's newspaper, were used with permission, and vintage ephemera from Raleigh's past (including handwritten inscriptions from Raleigh yearbooks of yesteryear) were incorporated into the collages. Raleigh, especially Southeastern Raleigh, has undergone rapid development, and efforts were made to incorporate some of the lost history of this area into the artwork, while also speaking to the present (and future) residents. These collages will be enlarged and printed onto glass windscreens of the two rapid transit bus shelters on New Bern Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina. Projected completion date: 2024.
W. C. Strudwick, shown here in his football uniform, graduated in 1912 from the now-defunct medical school at Shaw University and later became a physician in Durham, NC. The text is intended to spark a conversation around who we think of when we think about the word ‘doctor’. A bus station visitor in the present viewing the juxtaposition of the word ‘future’ with an image over 100 years old ties together past, present, and future.
These were the very first and second patients at WakeMed Hospital, when it opened in 1961. This photo is used with Gail Hall’s blessing/permission (she is the infant in the photo and someone who I was able to track down and speak with).
“May happiness and good fortune always be with you” is a handwritten inscription in a 1964 yearbook of J.W. Ligon Junior-Senior High School, the only such school for Black students at that time. It is a few miles from the bus station site.
This is Mrs. Eunice Moses, “in pharmacy at St. Agnes Hospital” in 1957. The photo is from the negative files of the News and Observer and is used with permission. Some collage pieces included here are from discarded medical and biology textbooks.
Schematic of all artwork for inbound station (top) and outbound station (bottom) artwork. 12 panels in total.
The image of these two nurses is from St. Augustine’s 1915 catalogue. Also included in the artwork are the names of all nursing students at St. Agnes in the 1915–1916 school year.