April 10, 2020
A message of hope and hygiene is inspiring artists around the city – including students who live near Methodist Hospital Metropolitan. Their work now graces the grounds of those who enter the facility – literally.
On Friday, three new pieces of sidewalk chalk art were created at the entrance of Methodist Hospital Metropolitan – courtesy of students who live in the downtown area.
The first to greet you as you walk toward the front entrance was the praying hands and the message “Wash Your Hands” – an homage to the campaign made famous by the light display on the side wall of Metropolitan Hospital that faces 281/I-37 South. Next to the hands was the Cross and Flame that are part of the Methodist Healthcare System logo, and a message to staff to “Keep the Faith.”
Above those two pieces, right before you enter the hospital, was a picture of the sun shining above the clouds – a reminder that the gloominess of the COVID-19 crisis will come to an end, notes Alejandro Romero, Chief Operating Officer for Metropolitan Hospital.
The student artists took this task upon themselves, says Romero, adding there are plans for additional displays. The messages have already done much to lift the spirits of the dedicated men and women who work at the hospital. It is also another means by which the hospital can continue to remind the community that “we are here for them and we are praying for them.”
The chalk art is the latest example of how the light display at Metropolitan – also known as a gobo – is inspiring additional forms of artistic expression. The “Wash ‘Em” message is now a prominent feature on the digital billboards at Methodist Hospital Texsan, Methodist Hospital Northeast and Methodist Hospital South.