‘Donate Life’ artwork promotes organ donor registry

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 6, 2016

 “Donate Life” will be displayed throughout April in honor of National Donate Life Month at the St. John Transplant Specialty Center, located within St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Levi Faber, pictured with his mom, Patty, is the artist. At the age of 2, Faber received a kidney from his father.

“Donate Life” will be displayed throughout April in honor of National Donate Life Month at the St. John Transplant Specialty Center, located within St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Levi Faber, pictured with his mom, Patty, is the artist. At the age of 2, Faber received a kidney from his father.

Photo provided by St. John Providence

DETROIT — In honor of National Donate Life Month this April, the St. John Transplant Specialty Center, located within St. John Hospital and Medical Center, will host a temporary art installation titled “Donate Life.” 

The artwork was made by 18-year-old Grand Rapids artist Levi Faber, who at the age of 2 received a kidney from his father. Faber’s piece was originally featured at the 2015 Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition last fall and was inspired by his own experience as an organ recipient. With the piece, Faber wishes to bring awareness to the need for organ donation.

Faber’s artwork is an interactive, large-scale display that features approximately 300 figures representing the men, women and children awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant. The art installation is located on the campus of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in the Boll Professional Building One lobby. 

This month, community members will be encouraged to learn more about becoming registered organ donors and given the opportunity to register on-site through the Gift of Life. When people register, they will be able to place a kidney into the open location of the wooden cutout figure on the wall and become a “life-saver.”    

The St. John Transplant Specialty Center has been part of St. John Providence since 1990. St. John Hospital and Medical Center is located at 22101 Moross Road. For further information on the St. John Transplant Specialty Center, visit www.stjohnprovidence.org.