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Since 2002, commuters along I-676 in Philadelphia traveling near the intersection of Broad and Vine streets have been treated to “A Tribute to Nursing.”

In October, nursing will be celebrated with a new tribute near the major city thoroughfare.

Nationally recognized muralist Meg Saligman is putting together a 6,500-square-foot mural featuring unique lighting and imagery to showcase the portraits and words of hundreds of nurses called “The Evolving Face of Nursing.” The new work of art replaces the old mural.

“There’s such a rich history of healthcare and nursing in the Philadelphia area,” said Sue Lundquist, RN, BSN, director, patient care solutions at Siemens Healthcare in Malvern, Pa. “The interesting thing is the way Meg captured it.”

The new mural began taking shape in May.

Lundquist, who is featured on the mural along with other Siemens nursing colleagues, said she specifically enjoyed that early drafts of Saligman’s work showed nursing’s evolution from past leaders in the profession to images that capture nursing today and into the future.

“That whole spectrum was very interesting,” Lundquist said. “We’re honored to be a part of it.”

The technological advances in imagery were particularly interesting to Siemens nurse Ann Daddona, RN, BA, product manager, who enjoyed “how they were reaching out to encompass so many nurses in the image” and saw a natural tie between the technologies used in the mural and a technology-focused company such as Siemens.

By using LED lighting and unique colors, faces on the mural will change when lit at different times of the day. Quotations and nurses’ portraits also will appear, shift or disappear throughout the day.

When some of the work was unveiled during a news conference during Nurses Week in May, Daddona got a slight surprise.

“I’m blue,” she said with a laugh.

Yet at different times of the day, Daddona could be a different color, in a different pose or may not appear at all.

“It’s a very groundbreaking concept artistically,” said Cari Feiler Bender, a spokesperson for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. “It’s going to be incredible.”

Saligman began painting sections of the mural on cloth in her studio last fall and installation of those pieces began in May. The project, according to the Mural Arts Program, is scheduled to be dedicated in October during Mural Arts Month.

In a city that has created more than 3,000 murals and pieces of public art since 1984, nurses are thrilled to see the Broad and Vine location remain dedicated to nursing.

“It shows the commitment to healthcare in general as well as nursing and the role of nursing,” Lundquist said. “The prominence of it is something that’s also very exciting.”

While scores of locals enjoy the mural daily, Siemens nurse Madelyn McGillin, RN, MSN, CRNP, CRRN, product manager, global acute services, has made the mural a regular stop when she hosts visitors.

“I was always very proud of that,” said McGillin, who appreciates “the fact that we’re maintaining the nursing presence there. I’m honored to be a part of this thing.”

Barry Bottino is a regional editor for Nursing Spectrum.

By | 2020-04-15T14:27:24-04:00 August 23rd, 2010|Categories: Philadelphia/Tri-State, Regional|0 Comments

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