Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Occupation and the Artist
Building Bridges Through Meaningful Occupation


Building Bridges Through Meaningful Occupation


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Download Dancing Dog (81 KB)

Download Figure (131 KB)

Download Muffled Figure (345 KB)

Download Figure for Bath (269 KB)

Download Generations (187 KB)

Download Spotted Horse (202 KB)

Download Speckled Horse (259 KB)

Download Justice (100 KB)

Download Library Book (177 KB)

Download Lifetime Learners (211 KB)

Download Meditating Figure (118 KB)

Download Yogi Figure (350 KB)

Download Seated Cat (733 KB)

Download Walking Cat (889 KB)

Download Children's Unstructured Amphitheater (751 KB)

Download Seating Pad - Children's Unstructured Amphitheater (596 KB)

Download Sculpture Bridge - Project Planning (168 KB)

Download Sculpture Bridge - Prepping for Sand Blast (159 KB)

Download Sculpture Bridge - Using a Compressor (140 KB)


Mary Block, MS, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and sculptor based in Illinois. Mary currently works in a school-based setting and owns a small private clinic. She founded Sculpture Bridge, an occupation-based program to address the needs of the youth who have outgrown clinic-based services. Occupational therapy and sculpting have been in Mary’s life for years. She works with a variety of mediums and has been commissioned to create sculptures for both public organizations and private homes over the last ten years. When competing paradigms altered Mary’s career path, the field of occupational therapy helped her to shape a new worldview. In uncertain times, it was meaningful occupation that empowered Mary to start over again.


Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Sculpture, Paradigm, Client-Centered, Pediatric, School-Based Practice


Occupational Therapy | Sculpture

Building Bridges Through Meaningful Occupation