Greenhouse of Healing

January 21, 2005

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital is getting a new look, courtesy of recent grad Christina Lum (BFA 2004 Illustration). The Upper-West Side hospital commissioned Lum to create a series of murals as part of a new “garden” theme at St. Luke’s. The mural project is entitled “The Healing Garden of Roosevelt Hospital” and will feature between eight and 11 murals of varying sizes, all incorporating themes of greenery, water, tranquility, growth and transition. “Studies have shown that patients who can see greenery tend to heal faster,” says Lum, explaining the theme.

The first section is also the largest: Turtle Island is already installed in the outpatient entrance and is an 8 x 20-foot blend of imagery from Central Park and imaginary landscapes. Subsequent murals, including the recently completed The Peacock Garden, will be installed at various spots in the hospital.

Image: Christina Lum, detail from The Peacock Garden, 2005.

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