Southeast Missouri Hospital Nature’s Landing

  • Client

    Southeast Missouri Hospital

  • Project Title

    Nature's Landing

  • Location

    Cape Girardeau, MO

  • Size

    .75 acre

"SWT listened intently to our needs and creatively carried them forward to fruition. The total landscape has reinforced the hospital’s caring identity and its branding."

James Wente

Former CEO, Southeast Missouri Hospital

A delicate gesture of art in the landscape that has broad-reaching impacts on human health and well-being.

Project Scale

  • Object

  • Site

  • Community

  • System

  • Region


    Project Type

    • Healthcare
    • Placemaking and Branding

    Now a landmark in the City of Cape Girardeau, “Nature’s Landing” was originally identified as an enhancement opportunity within the hospital campus landscape. Its high visibility, along a major arterial road, provided a stage to design a sculpture garden that would engage the community and create a gateway for the hospital campus, as well as a portal into Cape Girardeau’s reemerging downtown.

    Descending from the hospital’s healing garden, a flock 0f geese create a natural “V” formation stretches across the 2-acre site and lands in the large pond in an adjacent park across the highway. Built into the landscape, the installation seems to emerge from a native garden, physically connecting the hospital campus to the park.


    "Art in the landscape can be bold – a grand gesture that elicits strong emotion and dramatic change. It can also be subtle. ‘Nature’s Landing’ is a delicate gesture that has personified the identity of an organization, a city and a region."

    Klaus Rausch

    Senior Associate