— Omonivie Okhade, writing for ARB Digital
"Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence." — Ovid
The Dispensario Médico San José in Caracas, Venezuela, is a medical clinic supported by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Tarbes from Cantaous, France, who also operate the nearby Colegio Refugio de la Infancia , a Catholic school for girls. It’s a nonprofit health provider dedicated to caring for the underserved through health promotion and disease prevention activities.
Two weeks ago the clinic celebrated the reopening of its onsite well, which will supply the clinic and surrounding properties with fresh, consistently running water. For those of us in California experiencing severe drought, it’s easy to understand the significance! The creative team at ARB Digital was happy to contribute to this project with the creation of beautiful art prints installed on the building’s exterior.
The well sits behind the clinic and has been part of the property since its establishment in 1896. Long abandoned in favor of modern utilities, it proved an unlikely savior when the municipal services became unreliable. Testing of the well water concluded it viable and perfect for drinking, but the well required a new pump in addition to restoration of the building housing it. With funds raised by the local community, a new pump was installed and the building was renovated. Flanking the entryway of the building are two art pieces selected and printed by the creative team at ARB Digital on travertine tile.
On the left side of the door is St. Joseph and the Infant Christ, painted by a follower of the Baroque painter, Bartolomeo Esteban Murillo, and was selected in honor of the congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Tarbes. On the right side is a prayer to St. Joseph printed in elegant script, written by the mother of ARB Digital's founder and lead consultant, Alvaro Rodriguez.
Some facts about travertine tile:
- It’s a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, hot springs especially.
- It’s naturally porous, but can be polished to a high sheen
- It’s one of the most frequently used stones in modern architecture.
Travertine is great for printing because ink bonds to it really well and the color across tiles can be very uniform, allowing hues to come off nicely. A clear coating can be applied to printed travertine to further enhance durability.
Do you like the look? Ready to make a bold and beautiful statement for your place of business? Contact us for your next special project!