I am incredibly excited to share with you today a project that has been in the works for the past month. As many of you know, the Portsmouth Regional Hospital undertook a $63 million expansion project to enhance and extend the high level of healthcare provided to greater Seacoast residents back in 2007. The multi-year, phased expansion, which was formally approved in April by the state of New Hampshire, will add nearly 68,000 square feet of new construction and more than 88,000 square feet of renovations to the existing facility.
I am very privileged and appreciative to announce that I have been working with the design team including local architectural firm JSA, Inc. on an art display that will be featured in the new atrium space in the new wing!! In total, there will be twelve pieces totaling OVER 100 SQUARE FEET OF PRINTED CANVAS featuring entirely Philip Case Cohen originals!! All of the pieces we selected for the installation have a tie to the waterfront or the seacoast…featuring lighthouses, the commercial fish pier, tugboats, historic waterfront…etc. The install should be taking place in the next week or so and will be available for viewing to hospital visitors. A grand opening will likely follow later in the Fall.
Also working with JSA, Inc. is David Maurand of designPhase:3 – who has envisioned and artfully put together the rendering shown below and coordinated to have the infrastructure constructed that will hold the canvas prints that will be on display. Working in concert with David is Image4 of Manchester will be constructing the hardware and infrastructure of the display.
Local printing firm Infinite Imaging has done an incredibly beautiful job bringing the photography you’re used to seeing here at The Daily Portsmouth to life on the canvas pieces (against the orange wall in their new HQ at the top of the post and below), with beautifully rich color and accuracy (and also very quickly!). What’s exciting is that of the 100+ square feet of canvas, there will be two pieces that are 7′ wide and several others 4′ wide. I cannot wait to see them hanging in the new space, which is incredibly inviting and fitting for placement in Portsmouth’s hospital – complete with a gigantic nautical map featured on the wall that will be holding the prints. I hope you’ll visit the space to check out the gorgeous design (and of course the canvas prints that will complement the space!).