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Elmhurst Hospital unveils community mural
honoring neighborhood unity during COVID-19
BY QNS STAFF
A community-based mural, designed to
off er a space for emotional healing from
COVID-19, was unveiled inside of NYC
Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst on Monday,
Th e 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.
Th e 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.
“Th is 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 fi ll the mural
with color and love,” Fernando Lechón said.
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
Th e neighborhood was one of the hardest
hit by COVID-19 during the virus’s fi rst
wave in New York City.
Photos by Dean Moses
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