Art is the business of Hans Gilsdorf,a talented artist
and sculptor who has created a wonderful world of imagination
and fantasy for children. The imaginary world called “Laffalot” is
complete with a flurry of characters, a whimsical theme, and beautifully
hand painted scenery.
vision with Gilly Art was to create a world where kids would become
their colorful and whimsical surroundings, they
would be distracted from the often intimidating medical equipment
in a hospital or clinic setting. He knew, first hand, that the idea worked for
his own daughter. It was then, in 2004, Gilsdorf’s vision became a reality.
In learning about a renovation project at MeritCare Children’s Hospital
in Fargo, North Dakota, Gilsdorf took a chance, and proposed his idea to the
hospital was inspired and made his art a central theme in the renovation
project. Today, the main characters, Alfunz and Baby Alfunz, grace
the walls and the rooms of the Pediatric Unit, Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. The
art serves as an effective way to distract the children by helping
them feel safe in an otherwise scary setting.