Barry Fleisher continues his chronicling of hospital construction

by Linda Hubbard on January 7, 2016

Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher is continuing to document the construction progress of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, a project he’s been working on for the past 20 months. Emails Barry: “In addition to providing an overview, some of the new images show details of the construction, which will be completed in mid-2017. I plan to continue photographing until that time.”

He explains that he’s trying to capture three themes: 1) progress on the structure; 2) details of construction; and 3) the workers. “Two of the photos [I’ve sent] show the structure itself which is now ‘weather tight.’ Of those, the photo with the moon (top) is from the front, and sets the stage.

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“The second photo (above) showing the structure includes the Discovery Garden, an important outdoor space which will provide respite for kids and their families. It’s emblematic of the care that is being taken to create an environment that brings beauty and peace.

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“The conduit pictured (above) in the construction detail gives an idea of the complexity of what lies above the ceilings and behind the walls.


“Finally, the worker (above) with the face painted on his welding mask is intended to portray both the extent of labor being done by hand and the humor of the men and women who are building the hospital.

“I’m delighted to be able to continue this work and appreciative of the support and encouragement that has been afforded me by the hospital administration and the contractors.

“I am filled with admiration for the workers. The hospital is coming to life thanks to their tireless efforts.”

Photos by Barry Fleisher (c) 2015; used with permission

One Comment

Bonnie Okonek January 08, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Barry, your photographs not only display the practical aspects of this construction project, but they are beautiful pieces of art. You have considered the composition of each, the colors, the spacial relationships, and the personal touch with the welder. What an enormous project you have documented each week, and how magnanimous of you to continue to photograph until the hospital has been completed and is in use by patients and personnel.

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