As OLE Health’s new clinic continues to rise from the ground, Napa’s city land-use authority has given the thumbs-up to the artworks that will adorn its grounds.
A set of five sculptures outside the clinic building at 300 Hartle Court, where construction started in February 2017, won the Planning Commission’s support last month. The pieces will be the work of two locally based artists, Gordon Huether and Mario Chiodo.
Slated for the clinic’s main entrance is Wedge, a yellow 18-foot-tall O of powder-coated aluminum to be crafted by Huether, who is also a planning commissioner. (Huether recused himself from Thursday’s decision in which three colleagues all voted for approval.)
“He thought it would be a great idea to do a visual representation of our O in OLE. He did a beautiful job of it,” OLE Health’s former chief executive Tanir Ami has said of Huether’s design. “The bright, sunny colors are totally consistent with our desire to be an organization that focuses on health and wellness.”
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The other four pieces at the OLE Health center will be created by Chiodo, including The Great Gopher, a trio of painted concrete forms representing a rodent, a boy and a girl. Chiodo also will offer a companion piece of sealed epoxy resin in the form of a tree stump.
OLE Health’s art package meets a city requirement that public construction worth more than $250,000 include artwork on the premises.
Scheduled to open in 2019, the campus is expected to cost $31 million and serve some 15,000 patients per year. OLE Health also will continue serving patients at its current facility at 1141 Pear Tree Lane, 3 ½ miles to the north.
The Hartle Court building will allow an expansion of primary care services by adding 22 patient exam rooms, a triage unit for immediate care services, nine dental chairs, full optometry services, integrated behavioral health, preventive care services, classrooms for health education and a pharmacy, among other services.