On May 24th, I was given the opportunity to embark on my first mural installation. I hopped into the “Splash Van” unaware of what to expect only to later return inspired, having experienced such an impactful mission.
I, as an intern, accompanied the Splash Team of Sarah, Dustin and Liz to the Queens Hospital Center in effort to transform their environment from “clinical to colorful.” Upon arrival, we were delightfully greeted by their staff as we were directed to the pediatric unit. Our first task was to install a couple of I-Spy murals in the Sub Waiting Area. Filled with bright colors and heartwarming images, these paintings had an effect on the environment before they were even fixed in place. As soon as they were uncovered, I watched a young patient’s eyes lit up with amazement.
After these paintings were installed the staff stood around them in awe. I overheard many of them explain how they now could not imagine the room without them. I came to understand how these murals are not only positively impacting the patients, but just as importantly, they brighten the workplace of those who devote their lives to addressing the needs of them.
Additionally, we installed a third mural and two ceiling tiles into the phlebotomy room. This project resonated with me because I can vividly remember how frightening it is to get your blood taken as a young child. It is a traumatic experience and the room I first walked into’s lack of comfort and warmth definitely did not help the suffering involved in this process. The murals we installed uplifted the dull aesthetics of the room and renewed it to be more inviting.
On my way towards exiting, I noticed that each examination room displayed ceiling tiles that Splashes of Hope had previously installed. It was gratifying to see the impression this organization has made throughout this pediatric unit. I then stopped by the phlebotomy room to observe the murals one last time. Sadly, what I saw inside was a young boy crying in his mother’s lap and squirming to escape. However, I was elated to watch him calm down as his mother directed his attention towards the ceiling tiles. His breath eased as he pointed out the bunny that sailed in the rainbow boat above him.
I’d like to thank Splashes of Hope for this heart-warming experience, the Starlight Foundation for funding this project, and the Queens Hospital Center for their commitment to the health and well-being of their community. This was an experience that I will never forget, and I look forward to getting involved in Splashes of Hope’s upcoming projects.
Splashes of Hope
Founded in 1996, Splashes of Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating art to transform spaces, enrich environments and facilitate healing.