After more than a year of COVID, the collective spirit of Greater Trail residents can definitely use a boost.
Hence the theme of the latest Kootenay Boundary Physicians Association (KBPA) project – a massive mural painted on the hospital exterior with the theme “Uplifting and Joyful”.
“We wanted to give everyone associated with the hospital and in the community a visual that would lift their spirits,” said project lead Dr. Sue Babensee. “We felt this was so important as we all work our way through the pandemic and other health challenges together.
“It will hopefully be both a reflection of what we’ve achieved and motivate us to move forward.”
The idea, which grew from the positive energy of last year’s Gratitude Garden installation, will flourish throughout May 2021 on the hospital’s back entrance.
KBPA secured well-known artist Tyler Toews of Canadian Murals to paint the 70-foot mural on the north and west wall at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.
Initially, Dr. Sue Benzer, KBRH Chief of Staff, inspired by the smiles the Gratitude Garden project at the back entrance brought to staff, proposed a smaller mural to go behind the garden.
When Dr. Babensee explored options, the idea expanded into a 21-meter (70 feet) by 16-meter (55 feet ) 3-D commission for Toews.
Known for his passion about nature, Toews’ colourful murals can be seen on many Greater Trail buildings including the Trail Memorial Centre and the Rossland Cenotaph, as well as the BC Children’s Hospital.
“The proposed mural is a colourful, anamorphic design that will create an optical illusion as it interacts with the architecture of the building,” said Toews. “Featuring a large red ribbon that forms a heart of gratitude, the completed painting will transcend the boundaries of spatial design and perception.”