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After 91 years of continuous operation, in November of 2003 the original buildings of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center were shut down and replaced by newer facilities. To mark this transition, artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned for a site-specific project to commemorate the life and history of MMHC. Schuleit filled the rooms, hallways and stairwells with nearly 28 000 potted flowers, all in bloom. Schuleit said of her installation,
"Bloom was a reflection on the healing symbolism of flowers given to the sick when they are bedridden and confined to hospital settings. As a visiting artist I had observed an astonishing absence of flowers in psychiatric settings. Here, patients receive few, if any, flowers during their stay. Bloom was created to address this absence, in the spirit of offering and transition."

After 91 years of continuous operation, in November of 2003 the original buildings of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center were shut down and replaced by newer facilities. To mark this transition, artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned for a site-specific project to commemorate the life and history of MMHC. Schuleit filled the rooms, hallways and stairwells with nearly 28 000 potted flowers, all in bloom. Schuleit said of her installation,

"Bloom was a reflection on the healing symbolism of flowers given to the sick when they are bedridden and confined to hospital settings. As a visiting artist I had observed an astonishing absence of flowers in psychiatric settings. Here, patients receive few, if any, flowers during their stay. Bloom was created to address this absence, in the spirit of offering and transition."


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