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A towering mural in vibrant colours has been inaugurated at the JGH to honour Montreal’s front-line healthcare workers and thank them for putting their well-being at risk to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The enormous painting by Quebec artist Patrick Forchild was dedicated on 2020 September 10, in a ceremony at the hospital’s main entrance, near the mural which covers much of the eastern wall of Pavilion G.

The work of art, an initiative of Montreal’s diplomatic and consular corps, depicts an appreciative patient and an empathetic healthcare worker, who are hugging while wearing protective clothing. Swirling around them are large versions of the multi-coloured leaves that appear on the JGH logo.

The mural recognizes the dedication and bravery of the full range of front-line personnel, including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Through an abstract twist on a symbolic concept, the mural communicates the public’s appreciation for the courage of those who kept patients safe.

“It’s a symbolic way of reminding us how harrowing this crisis has been,” Mr. Forchild adds, “because it has made gestures of affection and human warmth so difficult to express.”

The project began earlier this year with a phone call to Bram Freedman, President and CEO of the JGH Foundation, from David Levy, Consul General of Israel for Quebec, who wanted to honour Montreal’s healthcare workers.

The work was produced with the MURAL Festival of Montreal and was made possible with the support of the diplomatic and consular corps and the Foundation. Painting began on August 18 and lasted 10 days.

At the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Freedman thanked the diplomatic and consular corps, represented by Alejandro Estivill, Consul General of Mexico. Mr. Estivill said he and his colleagues “wanted to produce a city-wide homage to all of the COVID-19 front-line heroes. We chose the JGH, because it is a symbol of the fight against the pandemic in Montreal.”

Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, noted that even though the battle against COVID-19 had inspired the mural, the emotions that it depicts have existed for decades in interactions in the city’s healthcare institutions. It was the extraordinary threat of the pandemic that prompted such a focused and unified effort to protect and treat all Montrealers.

“Clinical excellence has always gone hand-in-hand with our commitment to seeing each patient as a whole person,” Dr. Rosenberg said. “Their emotional, psychological and even spiritual needs must be addressed at the same that the body itself is being treated.”

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Patrick Forchild

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Coming from the world of graffiti, Patrick Forchild has developed in the last two decades an artistic practice combining painting (mural and small format) and photography, tinged with this alternative culture which has forged his artistic identity. His vaporous and nostalgic works are populated with recurring characters and motifs that sometimes bring us back to youth, sometimes to the vagaries of current events and to contemporary social and political demands. Inspired by his surroundings and his travels, Patrick creates paintings with timeless atmospheres which are also resolutely engaged and anchored in the present, where a whole generation can find a reflection.

The use of photography and spray paint is a constant in the mediums he advocates, although his constantly evolving work has led him today to combine ink, acrylic, latex paint and pencil of all kinds. He likes to exploit in his plastic explorations different unconventional supports such as recovered or found objects, skateboard decks, street furniture and exterior walls. One thing led to another, he has also developed an expertise in the production of large-scale murals that can be observed in various urban centers in Quebec. In addition to locally created works, his work has enabled him to participate in various festivals and exhibitions internationally, notably in Mexico, Brazil, and France.

Alongside his artistic career, Patrick is also an accomplished entrepreneur to whom we owe various artistic and commercial initiatives, in particular the clothing company AVIVE which he founded and which he has managed since 2004, for which he signs most of the work of the visual invoice. Active in the artistic community of Quebec, the artist is part of the Collectives La Paria and EN MASSE (Montreal) and of UltraFlatBlack / NoirMat and Canadian Bacon (Quebec). He was also one of the founding members of the Morgan Bridge Gallery (2007 to 2014) which worked for several years to promote urban art in Quebec City.

Recently, Patrick Forchild has been interested in the transfer of knowledge and the initiation of young people into artistic expression through graffiti. Noting on the one hand the interest of a young audience in aerosol painting techniques and on the other hand the absence of associated educational proposals, he set about creating a series of fun discovery and learning workshops. exploration of the typical graffiti mediums, addressed to the public of primary and secondary age (although teachers and parents also seem to enjoy it!). He is currently working to adapt his cultural mediation workshops to reach a more marginalized type of audience (special needs, learning disabilities, etc.) who would invite them to take alternative avenues to success by expressing their creativity.