University of Kansas Medical Center Cambridge Tower: Nine Paintings for Lobby
The original blueprint for the Cambridge Tower project of the University of Kansas Medical Center provided designated areas for art work in the lobby. After coordinating and meeting with architects about the needs of the space, nine large paintings were commissioned. The proposal included a unified whole that tie the paintings together while harmonizing with interior colors and environment. The paintings allude to the regional terrain of Kansas, depicting abstract landscapes of Kansas.
Karen titled her paintings "Meadowlark" after the native bird of Kansas which often nests in fields.
The paintings show various bird's eye views of fields.
The paintings hang in between windows of a long lobby. There is a key photograph located near the entrance which shows all nine paintings when lined up together.
The $350 million Cambridge Building includes cutting edge technology. When complete next year, the 11-story tower will add 125 beds to what is already the largest hospital in the Kansas City metro area. Twenty-eight of the beds will be for intensive care and the tower will also add 11 operating suites.