March 1982 — A Rainbow in the Mayo Lobby #throwbackthursdays

"Welcome," by Yaacov Agam

“I didn’t know what to make of it at first, but after I watched it awhile, it began to fascinate me. It’s like a big, moving rainbow.”

That response to the piece of sculpture on the north side of the Mayo Building lobby would probably please the artist, Yaacov Agam. Agam created the tall, three-sided moving structure specifically for Mayo: “to make a work that would touch everybody who comes here, that would uplift them, whatever their age or race or culture.” In keeping with his purpose, he has titled the painted metal work “Welcome."

Using the language of color, “Welcome” encourages us to rise out of the gray of individual worry and respond to life’s every-changing rainbow of possibility. “The most constant thing in life is change itself,” the artist has said. “Reality is in constant change, unexpected, and so is my art. Instead of stopping time, I try to express the beauty of change.”

The artist’s special relationship with Mayo Clinic stems from his son’s treatment here some seven years ago for heart disease. Non-sculptural works by Yaacov Agam may be seen in the court level, Hilton Building, and in the patient lobby areas, third floor Mayo Building.

Kelley Luedke (@kschrib)

Kelley Luedke

Kelley Luedke is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She is the principle editor and writer of Insights and leads social media and direct marketing strategy. Kelley has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2013. Outside of work, you can find Kelley running, traveling, playing with her kitty, and exploring new foods.