Famous Fred Uhl Ball Artwork in Sutter General Hospital to Remain
Sacramento art lovers, we have great news: The 50-foot copper enameled mural depicting the Sacramento River and neighboring landscape that was commissioned for the opening of Sutter General Hospital will continue to adorn the lobby walls as SGH is remodeled into the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion.
The mural, titled “The Great Sacramento Valley,” was the last work of celebrated enamel artist Fred Uhl Ball of Sacramento, who died in September 1985 a few months after being assaulted in his studio. Ball had designed the artwork and, at the time of the attack, was creating the copper pieces that were shaped to fit together perfectly to depict the patchwork look of the farmland and river scenes. Ball’s mother and an associate completed and installed the piece, and it was unveiled in December 1986, a few months before Sutter General Hospital officially opened.
And in an ironic twist: Ball’s first public art show was with local artist Jerald Silva, who was commissioned to create artwork for the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. Some of Silva’s large “Steamy Windows” watercolors of Sacramento landmarks are already installed on the second floor of SGH, near the spanning structure.
The Sutter General lobby is currently being renovated and, when the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center opens next year, it will become the lobby for the expanded Emergency Department. All other inpatient and outpatient registrations will occur in the Women’s and Children’s Center lobby when it opens.