As patients, visitors and doctors walk down the hallway of a new hospital, they’ll stroll through the heat of summer, a colorful fall day, a snowy forest in winter and the blooming leaves of spring.
Four paintings, one for each season, will line the conference room hallway at the new Eskenazi Health facility being built in downtown Indianapolis. The paintings, a set created about a century ago, will be together in the same building for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Indiana painter T.C. Steele finished the paintings in 1914 for Marion County General Hospital, now called Wishard Memorial Hospital. They were glued to the walls to look like murals. In 1960, the paintings were removed from the walls and badly damaged in the process. They then went to hang in the auditorium and an upstairs classroom, and the winter scene was given to the Indiana State Museum in 1976.