Installation of the mural showing polished oak frameWe arrived at the hospital the day before the official unveiling along with the specialists we work with for print, construction and installation. Even though we had been to their workshop to double-check everything beforehand, it is always exciting to be on site coordinating the final installation. We had taken close-up photos of the hospital’s wood panelling giving detail of the polished oak grain, the mural frame matched this perfectly. Installation went very smoothly and we were all treated to lunch in the hospital’s canteen. Later we wrapped the mural in brown paper with a poster explaining when it was to be unveiled, and attached a red ribbon tied in a bow.

We travelled again to Lincolnshire the next morning to attend the Hospital’s Open Day. We arrived in Gainsborough to beautiful, hot, sunny weather. There was a lovely ‘garden party’ feel to all the stalls laid out on the large lawn in front of the grand Georgian style hospital. We joined a special guided tour of the operating section of the hospital, where I picked up an old-fashioned operating instrument and (unfortunately) got the answer to, “what exactly were these gruesome looking instruments used for?!”

Bob Rainsford & Ian Loxley unveiling the muralAt the appointed time we gathered in the main corridor, and there was a short speech from Matron Jill Anderson. Two specially invited guests; Bob Rainsford, local dignitary, and Ian Loxley, supplier of the story of WWII shrapnel that had been removed from his mothers’ leg; then cut the ribbon and tore off the brown paper to unveil the mural.

Jill Anderson presenting me with a bunch of flowersMuch to my surprise, I was presented with a large bunch of flowers, and Tony a very nice bottle of wine. It had been a very enjoyable project to work on, and I can’t wait to design the next mural that will follow work to develop the hospital site.

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