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Scranton, Pennsylvania-based Vycom, makers of graphic and display materials such as its Celtec line of expanded PVC material, has had its media selected by Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, for use in the hospital’s decorative murals.
The hospital uses a number of murals to ease the anxiety of its patients in locations such as the phlebotomy lab, emergency department, oncology department and imaging center.
“We were first introduced to the material by muralists who asked to use it for commissioned work because they liked painting on Celtec’s surface,” says Hasbro Children’s Hospital art director Paula Most. “The advantages were quickly clear. The work was done off-site so there was no disruption to the hospital’s schedule or staffing, the artist delivered the lightweight, finished piece and the mural was easily installed by our facilities staff.”
As hospitals often undergo renovations or transfer functions to different rooms, the ability to move murals painted on Celtec is also a benefit. When Hasbro’s oncology clinic relocated, for example, the artwork created for the space moved with it. The hospital is currently renovating the emergency department and its mural was taken down prior to construction. It’s in storage until it’s time to rehang it in the new location.
One of the more recent murals has come from artist Gayle Mangan Kassal, who was commissioned for a piece in the pediatric imaging center. It was the first time she’d heard of the material.
“It was a unique request at the time that I use Celtec rather than paint on canvas or directly on the wall,” says Mangan Kassal. “It was so easy to use and the paint doesn’t chip or peel off. I now do most of my mural projects on Celtec.”
Her mural features whimsical underwater creatures holding cameras and is 12′ long and approximately 4′ wide at its widest area. Mangan Kassal lightly sanded the 1/2-inch Celtec, supplied by Piedmont Plastics in Elkridge, Maryland, before applying an acrylic primer and acrylic water-based paint. To add whimsy and give the hospital options for using it in a variety of spaces, she cut it into two pieces.
The mural is hung approximately 6′ high on the wall, so it can be seen by the children while their X-rays are being taken.