As curator of the Art of Dr. Seuss, Bill Dreyer wants to see the late Theodore Geisel's characters come to life, and there's probably no better place for that to happen than at a children's hospital.
Dreyer recently attended the unveiling of a 4-foot-tall statue of the title character from Geisel's classic The Cat in the Hat at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The hospital is the second children's hospital to receive a statue by the Art of Dr. Seuss, which is authorized by Geisel's estate to represent his characters. An 8-foot-tall Cat was unveiled last year outside of Schneider Children's Hospital, part of Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y., Dreyer says.
Along with a Denver-area public library, these two children's hospitals are the only public displays of the bronze statues, Dreyer says. The Art of Dr. Seuss is hoping to add more such examples after seeing 22 of the first 24 statues go to private collections, he adds. During the unveiling at Carell, Dreyer says, he watched a patient who was about 10 years old walk around the corner, see the statue in the hospital's main corridor and then burst out laughing as he circled the statue. “It was an incredibly touching moment to see the joy that the Cat could bring to the patients at the hospital,” Dreyer says.