Community's 'Generosity' Expressed in Breathtaking Mural

By Eric Olson

April 27, 2012 Updated Apr 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana--Parkview’s new regional medical center houses state of the art medicine…and an immense collection of locally created art…the flagship of which is this, an 8’ by 20’ mural gracing the emergency department’s waiting room, created to impart a very important message.

“Wwe knew we were going to have a new regional medical center,” says Parkview Foundation Director Larry Rowland, “and wanted to express the theme of generosity throughout the new medical center.”

The task of creating a work of art representing the generosity of a community was handed to local artists Vicki Junk-Wright and Santa Brink. Wright painted the initial image of a local farm scene on 160 individual squares, then gathered a small army of local students and artists to personalize each square by honoring someone who embodies the generous spirit.

“They participated,” says Junk-Wright, “and that little square has their name on it and that they were part of it and they got to honor somebody that they admire. It is about our community and about all these fabulous people.”

“This one here was done by a student, Eric Jones,” says Santa Brink, pointing to some of the squares that make up the huge mural. “And he was honoring a youth leader that just brought him up from the depths. This one was done to honor Sister Elise at St. Francis College because she loves football and you can see the Bass mansion there.”

This square by Sarah Keebler honors the Euell Wilson Center and its after school programs for kids. This one by Shandi Mink is a shout out to the YMCA. The mural is accompanied by an incredible kiosk with an interactive guide to each square. Touch the square and it pops up with information on the artist and an explanation of the image. The mural and its creation was dubbed the Murosity Project, meaning the quality of generosity expressed through a mural…a reminder that the spirit of generosity, along with modern medicine, is among the greatest of human gifts. This is Eric Olson reporting.

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