Elmhurst Hospital unveils community
mural honoring neighborhood unity
TIMESLEDGER | QNS.COM | NOV. 27-DEC. 3, 2020 17
BY QNS STAFF
A community-based mural, designed
to offer a space for emotional healing from
COVID-19, was unveiled inside of NYC Health
+ Hospitals/Elmhurst on Monday, Nov. 16.
The mural by artist Luis Fernando Lechon
was one of 10 community murals unveiled at
the citywide hospital system this year. By the
end of 2020, the murals will mark the largest
public art program since the 1930s.
The Elmhurst mural was created with
input from hospital staff, patients and the
surrounding community. Focus groups were
held to decide the themes of the mural.
“This experience was very special because
we worked as a team to make the
design come true. I want to thank all the
hospital staff and patients who helped fill
the mural with color and love,” Fernando
With “Elmhurst Strong” written in the
middle of the mural, the rest of the display
showcases the diversity, inclusivity and
multicultural nature of the western Queens
The neighborhood was one of the hardest
hit by COVID-19 during the virus’s first
wave in New York City.
Photos by Dean Moses