By Andrea Valencia
For the past few weeks, the staff and patients of the Psychiatric Ward on the 7th floor of San Francisco General Hospital have watched the gray concrete walls of the patio transformed into three brightly colored murals – Recovery, Wellness and Health.
Precita Eyes founder Susan Cervantes and her crew of artists and volunteers finished up their work this week.
“It really uplifts the place, it’s really vibrant,” said Emily, who is part of the staff and walked into the patio briefly to congratulate Cervantes who was recently featured in the California Lottery Project Believe documentary series profiling Californians who make a difference. (Visit CABelieves.com to watch the videos)
The three murals, commissioned by the General Hospital Heart Foundation, replaced more faded ones and depict a common goal. The “Recovery” mural, for example, features a man flying a red kite in the shape of a Phoenix that rises to recovery. It also portrays a group of people drumming and playing soccer under a yellow sun.
“This one catches my attention because there are people drumming around,” said Hugo Calderón, a counselor who has been working at the Psychiatric Ward since April of last year. He helps outpatients get ready to go into the workforce.
The “Wellness” mural stars…