Architectural Digest profiles the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and its ambitious art program in a new article titled, “CHUM Takes Art Therapy to the Next Level.” As the piece reads, “The amount of art (in the CHUM) is linked to the size of the project, thanks to a Quebec law that requires 1% of total construction costs to be spent on public art. “This is the largest such budget since the art program’s creation and translates to 13 different art pieces, making the CHUM the largest concentration of public art in Montreal since the International and Universal Exposition in 1967.”
“While many of the pieces are purposefully grandiose to match the building’s scale, small accents throughout the complex resonate with the public in a softer way,” says Christine Cavataio in the article. “For example, seven sculptural benches are distributed throughout visitor spaces in the building, encouraging people to physically enjoy the art by taking a seat. The CHUM sought this kind of balance large and small, bold and subtle, and the project truly delivers on that goal.”
Monocle also featured the CHUM’s art program on their website in “Medicinal Properties – Art has been admitted to a Montréal hospital and is serving a noble purpose.” The article explains how the collection — spanning from neo-baroque benches to an eight-story glass façade that depicts mountain peaks — is primarily intended to provide comfort to patients, while also featuring local artists.
Phase 1 of the CHUM is set to open this fall.