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Sinai Health’s buildings are getting a new look!

Starting in September, a seven-story mural will be painted on the parking structure across from the hospital on Murray Street, and will beautify the view for patients, staff, and the community.

The mural is a partnership between Sinai Health and the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) program. Connected to the themes of Health and Wellness, the mural design was chosen from four finalists - all local artists. In addition to beautifying the view, the mural is an innovative fundraiser that lets art lovers put their own spin on the mural.

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Jacquie Comrie

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Artist Statement
It is estimated that more than 6 million people live with a mental health condition or illness in Canada.The  COVID  pandemic  has  sadly  magnified  a  global  mental  health  crisis  contributing  to  a rise  in  anxiety,  depression  and  stress  since  the  onset  of  the  pandemic.  Accessing  mental health care has also been challenging for many. Colour  is  the  universal  language  of  emotions  and  its  psychology  has  been  proven beneficial  to  the  human  mind  and  body.  Because  mental  affects  us  all,  through  this  work my goal is to create an opportunity for social impact in this difficult time, for audiences at large to experience colour as a much needed tool of hope, social and personal healing. Colour  Medicine  aims  to  bring  comfort,  promote  emotional  reflection,  mindfulness  and mental  wellbeing.  This  is  about  supporting  care  of  the  community  and  Toronto  at  large while holding space for mental reset, elevation and colour therapy for everyone.

Values
As  someone  who  has  struggle  with  depression  and  anxiety  for  many  years  this  project  is deeply personal and special, as   colour has served as a tool for my own personal healing and wellbeing. Through this work, my objective is to create an intentional space of colour that encourages emotional reflection and mindfulness, utilizing colour vibrancy as a tool for healing that can set a positive tone for people entering the hospital, or in transit. Colour  Medicine  aims  to  provide  visual  comfort  and  bring  hope  through  a  therapeutic approach to colour.  This project is about inclusivity because mental health is inclusive.   It will affect us all at some point in our lives and does not discriminate.  

Bio
Jacquie Comrie Colour. Movement. Mental Health Jacquie Comrie is a multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist and mental health advocate.Whether as large scale public art installations, murals on buildings, streetcars, canvases, or as digital  installations,  her  body  of  work  is  a  dynamic  study  of  colour  as  a  universal  language  of human emotion. With mental health issues on the rise across the globe, her work intentionally utilizes colour, its psychology and therapeutic effects on the body and mind, as a powerful tool for social impact, aiming to create spaces of colour therapy for everyone.

Bareket Kezwer

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Artist Statement
Little by little, a little becomes a lot. This mural pays tribute to the loving and healing relationship humans have with plants. The design was inspired through a process of reconnecting with my own ancestral Jewish knowledge lost during and after World War II. Strawberries grew abundantly in the forests and meadows surrounding Ashkenazi villages and were regularly found in the materia medica of traditional Ashkenazi herbal healers. This mural honours the four Ashkenazi Jewish women dedicated to healing who founded Mt Sinai Hospital in 1923. Like Mrs. Cohn, Miller, Spiegel and Adler, these loving strawberries offer a gift of well-being to the community.

Values
The strawberry, the first fruit of summer, beautifully represents the hospital’s purpose of caring, creating possibilities and offering hope. The lush red berries and beautiful white flowers are revered in many cultures for their healing properties; they speak of the shared human appreciation of plant medicine. Plants don’t discriminate and offer support to everyone who seeks and is open to their medicine. Small gestures, like the repeating heart pixel, repeated enough times have a major impact. Echoing this theme, the many contributions of each member of the Sinai Health community builds a powerful healing environment that exudes an abundance of love.

Bio
Bareket is a muralist, community engaged artist, curator, frequent collaborator and eternal optimist. Her practice is motivated by a desire to spread joy, cultivate gratitude, celebrate the power of kindness and compassion, and support the growth of inclusive and connected communities. She passionately creates art that aesthetically and psychologically brightens environments.

Andrea Manica

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Artist Statement  
I designed my piece using specific plants to symbolize healing and resilience, to reflect rehabilitation and compassionate care at Mount Sinai. The plants include freesia, which represents trust, the eglantine rose which symbolizes a wound to heal, and the thistle which means overcoming adversity. The largest flower I have designed is the lily, signifying devotion and rebirth. People are represented in this mural to remind us of the diverse community that is welcomed into the hospital’s doors. This mural will bring beauty, positivity and comfort to patients, staff and visitors with its calming colour palette and illustrative design.

Values
Plants help us to thrive, as do the caring hospital staff who provide quality service every day. I depicted faces among the flowers to show that we are not only connected in our humanity, but also to a bigger picture as a part of nature. Showcasing diverse plants and people using comforting and inviting complimentary colours, my aim is to make any visitor to Mount Sinai feel included and welcome. I believe that medical innovations have the aim of improving quality of life, and at the root of life is nature.

Bio
Freelance illustrator, mural painter, and artist living in Toronto Canada, Andrea's work is inspired by feelings, symbols, purpose, and our relationship to the natural world. An OCAD University graduate, Andrea's illustration clients include Second Cup, Today's Parent Magazine, and Chatelaine Magazine and has painted murals all over the world. In Toronto, Andrea worked with organizations StART, STEPS, and Bell Box Murals.

Monica Wickeler

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Artist's statement
Our design illustrates the celebration of the Three Sisters. Indigenous knowledge of companion planting. Together these plants - corn, beans, and squash grow in balance and harmony. Corn provides a natural pole for bean vines to climb. Beans fix nitrogen on their roots, improving the overall fertility of the plot. Bean vines also help stabilize the corn plants, making them less vulnerable to blowing over in the wind. Shallow-rooted squash vines become a living mulch, shading emerging weeds and preventing soil moisture from evaporating, thereby improving the overall crops’ chances of survival in dry years.

Values
These concepts parallel the values and offerings of Mount Sinai Health: Support, sustainability, inclusivity, and the community's well-being. The three women portrayed in our concept are three trailblazing Canadian doctors:

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JACQUIE COMriE

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Jacquie Comrie, a multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist and mental health advocate, was selected out of four shortlisted local artists by a panel after extensive staff and community consultations. Centered on the psychology of colour, Comrie’s design, entitled ColourMedicine, is meant to inspire healing for those grappling with mental health issues.

An estimated six million people live with a mental health condition or illness in Canada. The goal of the mural is to raise funds for key hospital initiatives, while also having a positive impact on Sinai Health patients, staff and community.

“The  COVID-19  pandemic  has  sadly  magnified  a  global  mental  health  crisis  contributing  to  a rise  in  anxiety,  depression  and  stress  since  the  onset  of  the  pandemic,” Comrie said. “Colour  is  the  universal  language  of  emotions  and  its  psychology  has  been  proven beneficial  to  the  human  mind  and  body.”

Jacquie Comrie, a multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist and mental health advocate, was selected out of four shortlisted local artists by a panel after extensive staff and community consultations. Centered on the psychology of colour, Comrie’s design, entitled ColourMedicine, is meant to inspire healing for those grappling with mental health issues.

An estimated six million people live with a mental health condition or illness in Canada. The goal of the mural is to raise funds for key hospital initiatives, while also having a positive impact on Sinai Health patients, staff and community.

“The  COVID-19  pandemic  has  sadly  magnified  a  global  mental  health  crisis  contributing  to  a rise  in  anxiety,  depression  and  stress  since  the  onset  of  the  pandemic,” Comrie said. “Colour  is  the  universal  language  of  emotions  and  its  psychology  has  been  proven beneficial  to  the  human  mind  and  body.”

HELP US BUILD THE Digital MURAL

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To donate, people can buy a digital mural brick and customize it with a personal message. When scrolling over the digital mural, the bricks become clickable, and the personalized messages visible. All donations for the mural will go towards Sinai Health’s programs that support marginalized and vulnerable populations. Learn more.


Photo mosaic by: sinaihealth @ Mosaically

WHERE YOUR DONATION GOES

Donations to the Sinai Mural will support Sinai Health's programs that address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized communities. You can direct your donation to support one of the following programs: