In Marl, the municipal museum cooperates with the Clinic, and there are works of art belonging to the museum on show all over the hospital.
When a new extension was built with a cafeteria and the oncology department, the museum director commissioned Horst Gläsker to design the tract linking the old and the new buildings.
The commission was for a colorful, bright work of art that would radiate a vibrancy to encourage and lift the spirits of the seriously ill patients.
"Broad red and green horizontal stripes alternate like night and day on walls so colourful that that they seem to give off heat. While I do not wish to place too therapeutic an
interpretation on this work, the "warmth character" (Beuys) is unmistakable. Inlaid golden metal threads spread out from the middle of the colour-heated walls in a tumultuous
labyrinth of lines. Towards the ends of the walls the tumult subsides in dense parallels and then settles into a regular rhythm on the pillars."
Quoted, in translation, from: Manfred Schneckenburger in: Horst Gläsker Verführung des Raums, published by Verlag Lindinger + Schmid, Regensburg, 2006 on the occasion of the exhibition Kunst Raum Dialog at the Haus der Architekten Düsseldorf 2007