Project HOPE is a community mosaic mural project, led by mosaic artist Lisan Chng and founder of MosaicJam, in collaboration with Bright Vision Hospital in Singapore. The project team worked collectively and intensively with patients, staff, volunteers, students, members of the Bright Vision Hospital community and the general public to create a large mosaic mural that was inspired by stories and hopes of patients, caregivers and volunteers.
“Through Project HOPE, My aim was to engage the community to conceptualise and bring patients’ stories of hope and volunteers’ aspirations to life, in the form of a large mosaic mural,” shared Lisan.
Bright Vision Hospital (BVH) is a 318-bed community hospital serving an estimated number of 1000 patients annually. The patients are mainly elderly and needy who require rehabilitation, long-term medical care and financial assistance.
With 32 hands-on workshop sessions conducted over 12 weeks (May to July 2014), the project focused on engaging the community with a wide outreach effort, and rallying support from the hospital community to realize this creative project. The final art piece is titled ‘Seeds of HOPE’, a mural measuring 8ft by 16ft. It underwent over six phases of transformation from brainstorming and drawings to clay making, mosaic setting and the final process of grouting. The team and volunteers spent nearly 1,600 volunteer hours to complete the mural. During the workshops, participants interacted and bonded in a creative environment. It also engaged students in the process of creation so that they could inculcate the values of giving and sharing.
Watch the video that takes you behind the scenes of the mosaic mural making by the community:
“The amazing thing is that we had the right number of people at the right time. In fact the whole entire project is magical how everything came together. This mural is a manifestation of the generosity and love of the volunteers who came forward to contribute.” said Lisan.
This project is made possible with the financial support of National Arts Council (Singapore), Central Singapore Community Development Council and Keppel Care Foundation. eCube Global is the administrative partner of MosaicJam on Project Hope. MosaicJam and Bright Vision Hospital wish to thank all partners for making this project possible.
Here’s a brief view of the unveiling of the mural at the Launch:
“Central Singapore CDC is delighted to have connected MosaicJam to Bright Vision Hospital, a link-up that has resulted in Project HOPE, a collaboration that has brought much joy to the patients and caregivers at Bright Vision Hospital. It is very heartening to see people from all backgrounds coming together through arts, and I would like to encourage more arts enthusiasts and volunteers to step forward and contribute their creative talents and artworks to do something meaningful for our community.” Ms Denise Phua, Mayor, Central Singapore District.
The mural now stands at level 2, Atrium area of the hospital. It creates a connection between art and healing to the patients, their families, staff and visitors.
Check out the making of the mural through these photos albums:
To have more details on Project HOPE, please email Project Leader Lisan Chng at l…@mosaicjam.com.