CARLEY’S MAGICAL GARDENS AT RADY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL,
In 1999 the first Carley’s Magical Gardens was dedicated as a remodel of the original wing for oncology/hematology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA. At that time the design team of artists collaborated with hospital architect Tony Figueras, AIA to develop a healing and magical environment for children who are undergoing long-term treatment. The artist team together designed all the gardens while each artist created an independent series of sculptures that were incorporated into the gardens. A magical story evolved about a special little girl named Carley who was an actual patient at the hospital. That story came alive in the creation of the gardens that have now become a San Diego legacy. The original artists are (in alphabetical order) Alber de Matteis, T.J. Dixon, Mary Lynn Dominguez, Kim Emerson, Jim Nelson, and Ellen Phillips. In 2010 the Acute Care Pavilion was dedicated and is where the new Carley’s Magical Gardens have been added. The featured projects presented here were all created by Kim Emerson Mosaics, LLC.
RIVER OF LIFE
Located in the ground floor lobby of the Acute Care Pavilion at Rady Children’s Hospital, this 500 square foot mosaic begins at the interior wall. It flows through the main lobby space and appears to move through the big picture window and out into the garden where it continues as a large spiral. Located next to the spiral “two turtles are taking tea by the tidelands”, the cast-bronze sculptures were created by T.J. Dixon and Jim Nelson. The high-fired ceramic tile was made by the Quarry Tile Company. Year completed 2010.
MARISA THE MAGICAL BIRD
“Marisa, Marisa the Magical Bird, she’ll grant your wishes, just leave the words” is where children leave written wishes inside the locket of this mosaic and cast-bronze sculpture. Marisa’s long tail is also a slide and she is perched atop a mound of soft green turf at the center of Carley’s Magical Gardens, 2nd floor terrace of the Acute Care Pavilion where she is adored by all! The cast-bronze head was created by T.J. Dixon and Jim Nelson. Overall dimensions are 20’ x 12’ x 4’. Year completed 2010.
As part of the original Carley’s Magical Gardens on Frost Street this giant mosaic hummingbird’s nest is still a popular place to hide and play. The ramp leading up and into the nest is wheelchair accessible. Kim Emerson also designed the multiple butterflies that fly overhead throughout the gardens, and they were fabricated by Lori Maderas Tylock. Overall dimensions of the bird’s nest is 10’ in diameter by 5’. Year Completed 1999.
This is another collaboration with T.J. Dixon and Jim Nelson for the 2nd floor terrace of the Acute Care Pavilion. This giant treehouse was sculpted out of non-toxic reinforced expanded-poly-styrene (EPS), coated with green cement, and finished with mosaic details in high-fired ceramic tile. The treehouse is a place where children can climb, play hide-and-seek, as well as race Hot-wheel cars down and around the rooted ramp. Overall dimensions are 7’ in diameter by 10’ high. Year completed 2010.