Mural Unveiled at LifeLong Medical Center
On Friday, June 20th, the new mural at Foothill Square’s LifeLong Medical Center was unveiled with pomp and ceremony.
The mural is located on the first floor in the waiting area. It is called “Journey of Wellness” and features a waterfall, forest scene and many birds and animals. Muralist Edythe Boone led the team which also included prominent artists Tammy Artis, Jessica Jirsa, Eriq Riebeek and TheArthur Wright. Many volunteers contributed including local fine artist Siu Ming Garber.
Bay Youth Arts drummers led by Director Tacuma King
Performers from the Academy for Hawaiian Arts
The celebration started outside the entrance with drumming by the Bay Youth Arts group. Inside performers from the Academy for Hawaiian Arts played ukelele, sang and danced.
The mural took several months to design. Many sketches and small drawings were made in that process. You can purchase one of these pieces, on display nearby, for $20 and take home a piece of the mural.
The actual painting took two months to complete with volunteers coming in twice a week. Many senior citizens and youth were involved and even one staff member contributed to the painting. Besides the wall a support pole in the middle of the room was painted to look like a tree trunk.
The project was funded by the Kresge Foundation which wanted to build connections between the arts community and the health community.
There is so much detail in the mural that one can look again and again and see something new.
Owl painted by volunteer Paul Garber
Take home a piece of the mural
Lady bug near the forest floor