FLINT (WJRT) - (07/16/15) - Some Mid-Michigan teenagers have completed an art project they should be very proud of. A large mural will inspire and encourage hospital patients for years to come.
The teens were brought together by McLaren Flint to create a mural for a courtyard visited by pulmonary patients. They chose a scene that reminded one artist of something out of Dr. Seuss.
The young artists were given a commission.
"Create a piece that was uplifting, that was happy, something that everyone could relate to," said Roxanne Caine, McLaren Foundation vice president.
During three weekends, they used paint and cut glass to form a brightly colored village.
"It just warms my heart. It's really great seeing everybody's reaction to it," said Dominique Hince, Real Art Team, Richfield Church of the Nazarene.
The mural was created for those needing the services of McLaren's pulmonary rehab program.
"A lot of patients have a hard time getting outside. This is a great inspiration for them to come outside and view this uplifting piece of art," Caine said.
Those artists who contributed to the work say it was a pleasure to be a part of the project.
"I get to be with my friends when we do it. We have a good time. But it also helps other people and not just myself," said Jorian Sipes, Real Art Team, Richfield Church of the Nazarene.
"When the patients come out here just to enjoy the fresh air, they'll see it and think it's something nice to look at," said Cambrey Sipes, Real Art Team, Richfield Church of the Nazarene.
"Painting is one of my favorite things to do," Hince said.
A hummingbird dropped by to get a closer look. He apparently was impressed with the flowers in the piece.
"It's just really beneficial I think for everybody to have art in their live," Hince said.
During colder temperatures, the mural can be brought indoors to the rehab gym. The artists range from seventh to twelfth grade.