Doors of Hope Donor Wall
Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s
Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide offer hope to families. A new House near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago captures that emotion in its innovative “Doors of Hope” project by noted Creative Directorand artist Chris Duh. More than 900 hours of work over 2 years have gone into the project.
The 80 unique miniature doors will be showcased on two gallery walls in the main public area of the Ronald McDonald House, and are meant to symbolize the philosophy that “our doors are always open for you.” The diversity of the gallery wall is designed in an intriguing way to encourage exploration of all the multiple layers of unique materials.
The doors are created with an eclectic collection of creative components including stained and fused glass, weathered wood, metals, acrylic and textiles. Much of the design is created in a computerized CAD/CAM program before being transferred to a CNC router for cutting. Glass for the project was fired in a kiln at temperatures over 1,000 °F. The composition of materials is an artistic process in and of itself artisticaggregating three-dimensional or two-dimensional found objects together. Lasers and water jets are used to precisely cut materials, while resin casting creates a final seal on the art objects constituting the doors.
The Doors of Hope project will be formally completed in May, 2012.
About Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s
Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home away from home” to keep families together while their children receive medical treatment far from home. The new RMH is one of four in the greater Chicago area run by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. The Houses provide comfortable and private rooms, opportunities to bond with other families going through similar situations, and delicious meals prepared by generous volunteers. There are over 300 houses in more than 50 countries around the world.
About the Artist – Chris Duh
Chris Duh is a noted artist from Kansas City specializing in whimsical, eclectic art. For nearly 2-1/2 decades, Chris has been the Creative Director of Hallmark’s famous Kaleidoscope children’s activity center. His creative art installations have been especially popular with children, including children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses.
“Being in and out of hospitals throughout my childhood helps me appreciate the support provided by the Ronald McDonald Houses. My focus, when designing installations like the “Doors of Hope” donor wall, is to create a bright and happy atmosphere for the guests and staff. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for such a caring organization.”
For more information about the RMH donor wall project click on the following links:
- About this project: http://www.chrisduhartmaker.com/?p=880 (you are here)
- Wall gallery template: http://www.chrisduhartmaker.com/?p=894
- Slideshow of finished doors: http://www.chrisduhartmaker.com/ronald-mcdonald-house-doors-of-hope-gallery/