Windham Hospital | Shea Entrance 2019
Healing Plants is a project designed for the glass canopy at the main entrance of
Windham Hospital, Willimantic, CT.
In this installation, large silhouettes of medicinal plants are adhered to the glass canopy.
On sunny days, they cast plant-shaped shadows onto the walkway below.
The intention of Healing Plants is to welcome visitors and patients with a message about the power of nature to heal.
Shown here are photos of Healing Plants from installation to completion, including views that show the plant shapes casting shadows on the walkway. Below is a list of the plants depicted,
along with their medicinal qualities.
We're pleased and proud to announce that Healing Plants has been included in the
Public Art Archive* (see description below)
a national register of public art installations inAmerica.
You can find Healing Plants here:
Healing Plants is the only public art work from Windham, CT included in this national registry.
Healing plants & their Medicinal Qualities:
Red clover, relieves coughs, colds and detoxifies blood an is used for cancer prevention, indigestion, high cholesterol, whooping cough, cough, asthma and bronchitis.
Dandelion is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Also used to increase urine production and as skin toner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic.
Arnica is used to treat muscular aches, joint pain, and arthritis. It is believed that the arnica plant has
anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica has also been used for wound healing, superficial phlebitis , inflammation caused by insect bites, and swelling caused by broken bones.
Chicory is used for high blood pressure, heart failure, upset stomach, liver and gallbladder disorders, cancer, and rapid heartbeat. Its roots and dried, above-ground parts are used to make medicine.
Yarrow is used for fever, common cold, hay fever, gastrointestinal (GI) tract discomfort, and to induce sweating.
Some people chew the fresh leaves to relieve toothache.
Mullein has been used medicinally since ancient times. The leaves, flowers and roots are used for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases, asthma, coughs and other lung-related ailments.
Feverfew is taken by mouth for the prevention and treatment of migraine headaches. People also take feverfew for fever, arthritis, psoriasis, allergies, asthma, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, and nausea and vomiting.
Lady Fern is used as a tea to relieve labour pains. The young unfurled fronds have been eaten to treat internal ailments such as cancer of the womb. The roots are anthelmintic and diuretic.
Chamomile preparations are commonly used for hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids. Essential oils of chamomile are used extensively in cosmetics and aromatherapy.
Evening Primrose has been used in alternative medicine to treat nerve damage caused by diabetes, and osteoporosis. In foods, evening primrose oil is used as a dietary source of essential fatty acids.
Marigold lowers Inflammation and free radical damage, reduces eye inflammation and conjunctivitis. Marigold has natural antiseptic properties, and heals skin wounds, burns and rashes. It also helps reduce hemorrhoid pain and naturally repels bugs.
Aloe Vera has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, accelerates the healing of burns, reduces dental plaque, helps treat canker sores, may improve skin, lowers blood sugar levels and has digestive benefits.
Healing Plants is supported by:
the Windham Hospital Foundation & Conn. State Universities Faculty Development Grant Funds
Special thanks to:
the Windham Regional Arts Council
* The Public Art Archive
Developed with the mission of making public art more public, the Public Art Archive (PAA), a program sponsored by the 40-year old non-profit organization WESTAF, provides resources for the public art field. Built for artists, administrators, consultants, planners, educators, and researchers, audiences of all ages and backgrounds can engage with PAA’s services.
Document public artworks across the globe;
Provide free access to information about public artworks in one central repository;
Develop resources to inform diverse audiences about the breadth and depth of what constitutes public art today;
Support best practices in cataloging public art;
Raise awareness about the significance of public art;
Encourage sustained engagement with public art to support physical exploration;
Preserve the transforming history of public spaces so we can continue to learn from public art practice.