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One talented staff member and 46 students have transformed a sterile cement wall into a vibrant piece of artwork in the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) community garden.
Artist and Director of Operational Services Dani Hilton said the three-meter high mural of native Australian birds represented diversity.
“The birds may all look different but they are all parrots and they’re flying together in unity,” she said.
“The students also saw themselves as unique but united, they came from different schools and different cultural backgrounds but they were all there to complete their Certificate 2 in Health Support Services.”
Dani dedicated three full days to paint the parrots while the students spent a couple of hours each on the project.
“Each student added one unique contribution, which altogether makes a beautiful mural,” Dani said.
Radiographer Renae McBrien, who started the garden, said the mural was attracting more patients and staff.
“The birds are so bright and beautiful they just draw people in,” she said.
“As you turn the corner, there’s this bright, colourful and beautiful wall that catches your eye. Then as you enter the space you realise it’s not just some token plants it’s an interactive garden you can pick food from.”
Renae said the mural helped to create a healing environment.
“Over the past nine months the community garden has really grown into a healing place for people,” she said.
“Hospitals can be sterile and cold. But at PAH we have this hub of serene sanctuary where patients and staff can connect back to nature.”
All patients, visitors and staff are invited to enjoy the garden, located near the Radiology Reception, Level 1, Building 1. Plants that are ready to be picked are signed.