Tracey Landmann is inspiring people with mobility challenges through the power of the paintbrush. She created a central African rainforest-themed mural ‘Welcome to the Jungle Party’ (see above) for the Pediatric Mobility Lab and UD GoBabyGo program. Landmann will soon add on ocean-inspired ‘Meet Us at the Reef’ mural to the lab’s collection. With the majority of research participants under the age of three, the animals within the art invite a child to come and play, a GoBabyGo mantra.
“The purpose of creating the second mural, like that of the first, is to stimulate the child’s desire to strive for physical mobility by encouraging the joy and flexibility of imagination,” said Landmann.
Rehabilitation is not always associated with play or fun. GoBabyGo founder Cole Galloway insists on making rehabilitation a fun, enjoyable undertaking.
“Every time I mix art and science it comes out good,” said the physical therapy professor. “I love supporting the arts but then including original artwork within our lab space is something extra special”
The lab, which is located on the STAR Health Sciences Complex, will unveil the artwork later this year. This project is supported, in part, by the Delaware Division of the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Landman is a former student of the celebrated Delaware artist Edward L. Loper, Sr., whom she credits with her skill at capturing color and animation. Landmann’s knowledge of and work with both kids and people with brain injury fuel her sensitivity to cognitive development and connection with GoBabyGo. As a former board member of the Brain Injury Association of Delaware, she met Galloway during the organization’s annual conference.
Landmann believes the murals provide the suggestion of fantastic environments that the person can reach using the mobility of imagination.
“I believe physical and cognitive development are closely intertwined,” explained Landmann. “GoBabyGo exists for the purpose of providing people with the means of getting to where they want to go — of satisfying curiosity, social needs and sensory perceptions. Independent mobility allows the person to access both tangible and intangible qualities.”