Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston, MA

“Not only a pleasing and stimulating light show for kids and other passersby, but a spectacular acknowledgment of generous givers.”

  — Healthcare Design magazine

This 18-foot-wide carved and etched crystal Donor Wall is as dynamic and child-focused as the institution where it is installed: Computer-controlled LEDs light up the graphic elements in sequence, changing color and intensity. The effect is to make it appear as if a kite in the shape of a butterfly lifts up out of a child’s hands and flies across the wall. Then the lighting fades and the cycle restarts. The crystal panels on the wall swivel on custom hinges, giving easy access to a second layer, where Donor Names are silk-screened onto acrylic panels mounted and clearly visible behind the crystal. This design makes it a simple task to update Donor Names.
 A separate sensor-driven crystal niche uses interactive lighting to astonish and delight. When children approach the computer-controlled panel, they trigger changes in the colors of the LEDs and the areas being lit. A little blue butterfly appears to pop out of its chrysalis and take flight, turning a warm bright orange as it flies across the crystal panel.

For more on this project:

Read the article in Healthcare Design magazine, June 2011

Watch the video that CHB created

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