ENCINITAS — San Diego artist Jeffrey Laudenslager has been nominated for an Orchid Award for his sculpture “Mikoshi” featured at the main entrance of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.
The hospital features two Laudenslager pieces throughout the campus as part of The Arts for Healing Program, an initiative launched in 2003 to enhance the course of healing for patients, their families, visitors and staff by integrating art with the healing environment. The program also provides local artists with a tax-deductible opportunity to support Scripps Encinitas by contributing a percentage of proceeds from the sale of their artwork.
Laudenslager is an Encinitas resident and a long-time supporter of the hospital. His two Scripps Encinitas featured sculptures were installed through the generosity of Nate and Ralyn Wolfstein, long-term Scripps supporters and close colleagues of Laudenslager. The Wolfsteins have supported Scripps through the years by sponsoring the installation of more than 40 sculptures on the campuses of Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Encinitas.
Laudenslager won the 1999 Orchid Award in the Fine Art category for his 34-foot high kinetic sculpture “Archimage,” featured in the Torrey Reserve complex in Del Mar. The Orchid Award highlights San Diego’s best in architecture, design and fine art each year.