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Mural by Wethli, Durrie '01, and Jones '01 to Grace New Hospital Corridor

Story posted August 24, 2001

Professor Mark Wethli and a team of former Bowdoin students have worked all summer to create a four-panel mural to grace a major public corridor in the new Mid Coast Hospital. The mural will be on exhibit from 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 24, at Fort Andross (14 Maine Street).

With inspiration from the four seasons, the four elements (fire, water, earth and air), and T.S. Eliot's book of poetry Four Quartets, Wethli, along with Kyle Durrie '01 and Cassie Jones '01, designed the mural to help heal, inspire hope, and offer comfort. A room at Fort Andross has served as their studio for four months.

Each panel is ten feet tall and ten feet wide. When installed, the complete mural--with its colorful imagery of roses, sun- and starbursts, birds, vines, and sea life--will stretch some 50 feet along the main corridor on the hospital's first floor, adjacent to the south entrance.

Wethli, the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art, is a member of the Healing Environment Committee for the new hospital. He has donated his time and talents for this project.

Both Durrie and Jones have participated on the project through summer research fellowships. Durrie received the Surdna Summer Research Fellowship, and Jones is a Langbein Summer Research Fellow.

Leah Gauthier, a Bowdoin employee who works in the Educational Technology Center, has also been working on the mural regularly throughout the summer.

Ben Butler '00 and Tilden Daniels '00 also pitched in for a day.

First planned around the time of Commencement in May, with painting beginning in late June, the mural will be completed in the coming days and installed at the hospital in the fall.

The project was the subject of an August 23 Times Record feature story by reporter Elizabeth Elder.

Click here to visit Mid Coast Hospital's site and view photos of the panels and other artwork.

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