4 THE QUEENS COURIER • APRIL 6, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM Artist transforms space at Bayside children’s hospital into a work of art BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI firstname.lastname@example.org @smont76 A heavily used space at a children’s hospital in Bayside is now a radiant place of hope thanks to a local artist. In a project that spanned about five years, New York-based artist Dan Colen turned the previously gray and industrial 2,500-square-foot activity center at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital into a breathtakingly colorful room of beauty and comfort. The multipurpose space is used for indoor recreation, including school programs, art classes, talent shows, costume parties and musical therapy. The room was unveiled to the children at the hospital during an energetic group musical therapy session on April 4. Colen was present for the joyous event. “I don’t really have words for it,” Colen said when asked how he felt seeing the class take place in the newly designed space. “I’m glad that I got to see it.” Taking inspiration from his series of confetti paintings, Colen and his studio team began working about five years ago, shooting high-resolution photographs of rainbow Mylar confetti. The team then carefully stitched the photographs into one continuous image, creating a template for the work, ceiling to floor. Then, painting began. “Every fold in the room has its own surface,” Colen said. The project was an exercise in coordination, the artist continued. “It’s such an ambitious project,” Colen said. “We had to close the area for several months to complete it because we had to redo the floors and walls and obviously bring in the whole painting crew.” The children’s hospital, located at 29-01 216th St., is the largest long-term care provider for children with complex medical conditions in New York. “At St. Mary’s, we believe that the arts are essential to promoting health and well-being in children,” said Eddie Simpser, president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. “Children with special needs can encounter artistic expression to free their imaginations from the constraints imposed by physical limitations, thereby improving their quality of life. We are so pleased to be partnering with RxArt on this wonderful project.” RxArt, a nonprofit that commissions contemporary artists to transform healthcare Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS facilities into inspiring environments, made the project possible. The project at the Bayside hospital was RxArt’s most ambitious yet. “We could not be more proud or happy to be working at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children with Dan Colen,” said RxArt founder and president Diane Brown. “This project has been a labor of love by everyone involved. We are thrilled to be able to brighten the recreation room for the wonderful kids of St. Mary’s.” Amazon filmed scenes for new series ‘The Tick’ in Bayside this week BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI and in 2001, a live-action series. will also star Griffin Newman, Valorie email@example.com The series also filmed scenes in Curry and Brendan Hines. @smont76 Glendale the previous week. “The Tick” A pilot of the episode can be viewed “The Tick” has landed in Bayside. Production trucks lined Bell Boulevard, 40th Avenue and 218th Street on April 4 and 5 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to film scenes for Amazon’s new series, “The Tick.” A crew member on the set said they would film within a house on 218th Street and 40th Avenue both days. A holding and catering area was also set up inside of the All Saints’ Episcopal Church on 214th Street and 40th Avenue. Starring Peter Serafinowicz as the title character, Amazon is rebooting the series on its streaming service. “The Tick” was originally created as a comic book character in 1986 as a satire of the traditional superhero. It was then adapted into an animated series in 1994 on Amazon now. According to reports, the 10-episode first season will be added to the streaming service later this year. Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS Children at St. Mary’s Hospital engage in a sing along during musical therapy.
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