Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey attended the launch of The Lounge at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on Friday, March 18. The space designed for teen and young adult patients was made possible by a generous donation of $1 million by The Who’s charity Who Cares, in collaboration with Teen Cancer America. The facility is outfitted with the latest technology, comfortable furniture, communal work space, and a snack bar to meet the needs of this special age group to help with their recovery as they undergo cancer treatment. It will offer advanced art projects, movie nights, video-game tournaments, board games, books and resources, a dry erase graffiti wall, and a slew of other activities for patients and their guests.
Congratulations to everyone involved with this wonderful project!
For more information or to make a donation, please visit teencanceramerica.org.
Many thanks to the kind folks at TCA for providing the lovely photos from the event! All photos by Kreg Holt.
The artwork that Pete and Roger are holding up is a copy of the Whisper installation that was donated to the lounge by artist Stephen Burlingham.
Here are the artists words about the Whisper installation:
My work springs directly from envisioning Humanity’s cumulative knowledge and belief encapsulated within an ever expanding Membrane that partitions the tangible and intangible. My work expresses that divide in its search for a way through and beyond, harnessing the vibration that emanates from the Elements themselves.
Through this tangible fronier, the Membrane, I sew metal strings that traverse the canvas, that make that journey, the Passage from the visible to the unknown, the intangible. In doing so, the metal dances on and in and out of the surface, appearing and disappearing, creating a three dimensional time-space piece. “M” stands for the universal Membrane and involves my search to find the spiritual, the mindful passage, to allow one to break through our restraints and to see what lies beyond our sensory world. To perceive the Intangible.
Photos: Kreg Holt © 2016