WCA Hospital will unveil a three-dimensional sheet steel wall hanging, entitled "Community Connections," by local artist William Disbro in the new Emergency Department at WCA.
The unveiling is part of the hospital's 21st Century Emergency Department grand opening from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The community is invited to meet Disbro and view his art.
Towering above the sunlit waiting room, the three-dimensional wall hanging made of sheet steel with 11 distinct sculptural elements, was commissioned and influenced by WCA Hospital leadership and is integrated into main lobby of the patient/family waiting areas of the new Emergency Department. Sculptural in its form and 3-D design, the wall hanging is divided into 11 distinctive elements which include, the Governor's Chair manufactured by Jamestown Royal; Carousel at Midway State Park; Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson; Chautauqua Institution Bell Tower; Tribute to Roger Tory Peterson; Lucille Ball-Vitameneatavegamin Commercial from "I Love Lucy"; Original WCA Hospital in the late 1800s; Tribute to Local Agriculture; Chautauqua Lake-features Muskie and Trolley; Crescent Wrench, invented in Jamestown and manufactured by Crescent Tool; Tribute to Local Manufacturing that features Cummins Engine, Truck-Lite, TitanX and SKF Aeroengine.
Pictured, William Disbro, local artist, works on the 3-Dimensional Sheet Steel Wall Hanging entitled, Community Connections, that will be unveiled as part of WCA Hospital’s new Emergency Department Grand Opening on Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
"The patients and families who gather in our emergency department waiting room are sometimes facing unsettling news or have to make serious decisions regarding medical care and treatment options," said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital president and chief executive officer. "This extraordinary wall hanging commemorates the rich and cultural history of our community and inspires wonderful memories that exude a comforting and healing effect. We are so graced by Bill's remarkable work and extend our gratitude for his talent and for sharing his passion for great art."
William Disbro, local artist, was Jamestown Community College's first full-time art instructor who served as a member of the JCC faculty for 32 years. Disbro received his bachelor's degree in art education and masters degree in sculpture from Kent State University. A 1987 recipient of the JCC Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Disbro has three exterior public art commissions in stainless steel: one piece at the University of Oregon; five pieces at the Palm Desert, California Civic Center; and seven pieces at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
"This is my community and it is important to be part of it," Disbro said in describing why he accepted the opportunity to design the imagery for WCA. "WCA Hospital is a vital ingredient in our community and I am honored to collaborate with a health system that is working so hard to care for and enrich the lives of people in our community."
The WCA Hospital Emergency Department Grand Opening activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. The community is invited to join Ms. Wright, hospital and community leadership and Mayor Sam Teresi for a dedication ceremony just outside the "new" WCA Hospital Emergency Department Entrance on Sherman Street and Prather Avenue. From 1 to 4 p.m., participants can take part in the Teddy Bear Clinic; open house and self-guided walking tours; questions and answer sessions with the emergency department physicians and staff who will guide guests through the 18,000-square-foot, one-of-a-kind Emergency Center. Live music will be provided by Bill Ward, singer/songwriter, Joseph Iuculano, local accordion musician, and Rhonda Schwob, Scottish bagpiper. There will also be commemorative gifts, appetizers, hor d'oeuvres and refreshments.
For more information, visit www.wcahospital.org or call Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital public relations official, at 664-8614.