ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 31, 2017 – A supersized vision of Florida’s natural beauty now greets SunRail riders at the Florida Hospital Health Village Station.
The artwork, titled “A Celebration of Hope and Creativity,” is by Orlando artist Martha Lent. Consisting of 12 panels, the mural depicts a Florida scene including ibis, great blue heron, water lilies, passion flowers and plumeria.
The mural is affixed to the hospital’s McRae Avenue Parking Garage, and measures 12 feet wide and 40 feet tall. Lent worked with Dana Callan of Dittmer Architectural Aluminum to design an aluminum framing system that frames the mural while securing it six inches away from the wall.
The mural is part of a larger project that provided enhancements to the entire Loch Haven Cultural Park and visibility to SunRail, which was made possible through a partnership with the City of Orlando, SunRail and Florida Hospital, working in tandem with the several cultural institutions in the Park.
“The Florida Hospital SunRail station is an important gateway to our Loch Haven Cultural Park, one of the centerpieces of Orlando’s growing arts scene,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. “It’s only fitting that such an impressive piece of fine art should grace the station and welcome our residents and visitors to the area.
The district commissioner for the area, Robert Stuart, has spearheaded the vision for enhancing the park and was instrumental in the creation of the mural and seeing it through the planning, design and construction stages.
"Creating an interesting pedestrian-friendly environment in and around the Park is key to the continued success of this world-class science and arts district. This mural makes a bold artistic statement, creating a seamless link between the hospital, the SunRail station and the park - I encourage all to take a SunRail excursion to this destination and enjoy all the artistic and natural beauty this area has to offer," Stuart said.
Lent’s concept was selected from among 117 artists from around the country for the project. She was initially inspired, she said, by what she saw on her morning walks and bike rides around lakes Killarney, Eola and Ivanhoe.
“Having lived in Central Florida for many years, I have a passion for nature, and the beauty of all the flora and fauna that exists here,” Lent said. “I sought to meld that passion with Orlando’s image as ‘The City Beautiful’ and Florida Hospital Health Village’s healing mission.”
Keith Lowe, director of Health Village, is pleased with the first impression that Lent’s work creates for the 172-acre campus.
“At Florida Hospital, you can see artwork throughout the campus, along with many other expressions of creativity that are establishing a new innovation district in Orlando called Health Village,” Lowe said. “That’s because we believe that a positive environment is an essential part of the healing process for our patients and the innovation district is vital to delivering excellent health care for our patients.”
In addition to being the home of Florida Hospital Orlando, Florida Hospital for Women and Florida Hospital for Children, Health Village also includes centers of innovation and medical research, as well as residential, retail, dining, and lodging components.
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About the artist: A painter, printmaker, public-art and teaching artist, Martha Lent is a longtime resident of Central Florida. She started her career as a graphic designer and illustrator, earning her Graphic Design Technology degree from Valencia College. Soon after graduating she taught for eight years within the Graphic Design Department as an Illustration Adjunct teacher. Her passion for the arts has inspired many students through developing arts integrated curriculum for children, teens and adults through Community Outreach Programs. Martha quickly turned her interests to studying printmaking with several internationally renowned Master Printmakers at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snow Mass, Colo., and Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. Through the last 15 years of exploring and mastering many different fine art techniques and mediums, Martha happily refers to herself as an artist who wears many hats -- a mixed-media artist. Combining all of her former work experiences for Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers and as a scenic artist have brought her to transform her energies into creating large-scale, site-specific Public Art Works. She has completed projects at the Orange County Orlando Magic Goldenrod Recreation Center, the Deltona Regional Children’s Library, Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee, and Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.