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Local artwork displayed at Akron Children's facility in Boardman

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For most children, hospitals are places they would rather not visit.

"I think in general, hospitals are pretty scary places for kids.  We wanted to have something in the front entrance that was really fun and playful to kids, get them excited or be intrigued by, on their path to better health," said Adam May with Hasenstab Architects.

May, whose employer designed Akron Children's Hospital's expansion project, also lent his talents to design the artwork that hangs in the hospital's new main entrance.   The 'Dreaming Tree' will welcome patients as they enter the hospital.

"We wanted to do something that we haven't done before.  We wanted to continue to use this local talent in the Valley and stay in the Valley," said Lisa Taafe with Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Woodwork artist Greg Webber crafted the eight-foot tree, which is mounted to the entrance wall. Freshmade 3D designed the animals that adorn the tree and the walls.  The project, which took five months to create, sticks with the building's back to nature theme.

Throughout the newly expanded hospital, large murals of patients playing outdoors line the walls.  In a few weeks, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley will display nature-themed artwork from local students.

On June 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the public will be invited to take a tour of the new facility.  The hospital will begin seeing patients on July 11.

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