After two trips to China in eight months, Jack and Janice Frost were pleased with the one-of-a-kind, commissioned, marble fountain that they had commissioned as a signature gift to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation.
The Jack and Janice Frost Water Garden’s anchor is the commissioned fountain and is meant for patients, visitors and staff to find peace and tranquility steps away from the hospital’s emergency entrance.
The fountain was installed by Fockele Garden Company at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. It took eight months to carve the fountain panels and then the pieces of the fountain were shipped to the U.S. in 11 crates and carefully unloaded and installed by FGC.
FGC installed the fountain and garden designed by HGOR Planners & Landscape Architects. Marble craftsmen in China carved the fountain’s marble components.
“It was a great collaborative process and the water garden looks wonderful,” FGC co-owner Mark Fockele said. “The garden will have a positive effect on patients and staff. Physical healing is enhanced and psychological stress reduced when a person is able to experience being in a natural setting or garden environment.”
The fountain includes hand-carvings of northeast Georgia’s indigenous flora that were designed by HGOR Principal Steve Sanchez and four panels engraved with the inspirational words of Hope, Healing, Wellness and Peace. The bluestone centerpiece of the fountain was designed by Mark Fockele and produced and installed by FGC stone masons.
Jack and Janice Frost are the owners of Memorial Park Funeral Homes and Cemeteries in Gainesville.