Colorful Artwork Greets Patients and Families at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital

Published On 05/08/2014

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Titled A Joyful Heart Is Good Medicine, the piece celebrates the new hospital and the community it serves.

Brantley Ellzey with his art at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital

Artwork created by Memphis artist Brantley Ellzey now hangs in the lobby of Methodist Olive Branch Hospital. A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine (Proverbs 17:22) is a celebration of the new Methodist Olive Branch Hospital and the community it serves. The piece is constructed from tens of thousands of meticulously hand-rolled pages of printed materials collected from the region and from the archives of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. The pages form a colorful and textured construction but also serve as a time capsule commemorating the construction of the hospital.

The lower section of the piece depicts the beautiful North Mississippi landscape surrounding the new facility. The upper section presents a soaring dove holding an olive branch—a reference both to the home of the new hospital and to the elation that good health brings. The dove is composed of the actual blueprints for the new building. Surrounding the dove are circles—a brilliant sun and gentle clouds filling the sky—calling to mind the energy of a beautiful day while complementing a motif found throughout the new building.

Brantley Ellzey is an award winning architect and artist living in Memphis, Tenn. A graduate of Tulane University, he maintains an independent design studio and art practice in the Crosstown Arts District of Memphis. His work has been shown both regionally and throughout the United States and is a part of numerous private and corporate collections including Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Iberia Bank, Fogelman Management Group, Morley Builders, and Steelcase.