“Gratitude” by Jennifer Madden and Jeffrey Reed of Richmond, CA was unveiled 05/18/23.
Listen to this speech at the dedication by Jennifer Madden.
Listen to this speech at the dedication by Jeff Reed.

Jennifer Madden and Jeffrey Reed of Richmond, CA were selected to create “Gratitude” for Sentara’s new treatment and care center, a 253,000-square-foot, glass-and-stone building at 6251 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. The abstract form changes from every point of view. With imagination, one can see hands coming together, a ribbon, a leaf, an infinity symbol and more.

The artists hope this artwork, with its large scale and layered symbolism, will become a place to find both joy and serenity.

The Sentara Brock Cancer Center has commissioned several local artists to create art in and around their new facility. Donors, friends and city dignitaries gathered in a celebration of the arts 05/18 in the Sentara healing garden. Councilman J.P. Paige was a special guest speaker and Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander was present to share in the celebration of the City of Norfolk’s newest public art project.

This Private Partnership match project made possible with a $75,000 budget via Sentara and $25,000 from Norfolk Arts. Norfolk Arts continually seeks private developers to partner with to create public art in Norfolk, VA. Up to $25,000 is available. Contact: karenrudd@norfolk.gov for more information. Or view a brochure here.

The artists visited the site and met with the public art committee in March 2022. The final sculpture design was approved in October 2022. “Gratitude” was dedicated on May 18, 2023. Read the artists proposal.

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