Jim Hirschfield and Soyna Ishii: Pirouette

Published On 07/11/2011

Location: Event Space
Underwriting Cost: $90,000

Husband and wife team Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii start every art project by thinking of a metaphor – something to give each piece a hidden, deeper meaning.

For their installation at the new Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Hirschfield and Ishii thought to create a metaphor for change.

“While children are in a hospital, they go through many changes, whether physical or psychological,” said Hirschfield.

“Pirouette” spans across the ceiling of the new hospital’s event space and is comprised of 30 geometric, hollow cubes made of steel. Each cube is suspended from a wire at a tilted angle. Through patterns of circular holes on each side, the viewer can see through the cubes.

To symbolize change, the North Carolina artists painted the cube interiors with three different hues. They painted the exteriors with three different colors of iridescent, metallic paint. But Hirschfield and Ishii did not use just any paint; they used what they call “flip-flop” paint, which changes colors as the viewer moves, giving him or her a different perspective each time.
Hirschfield and Ishii have worked collaboratively for over 30 years. Hirschfield has a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University of Oregon. Ishii studied architecture at the University of Washington but earned a BFA from the University of Oregon. They now reside in Chapel Hill, NC.


If you would like to inquire about underwriting this or any of the other pieces in the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Art Collection, please call the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Foundation at 901-287-6308.