Friday, November 09, 2001

Mural celebrates communities


'The Way to Work' shows neighborhoods

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Big blank walls. What do you do with them?

        Artist Jerry Haffron and a host of volunteers at the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati decided to paint a mural on the one outside the Alliance's administration center on Burnet Avenue in Avondale.

        The 7-foot-tall by 60-foot-wide mural, titled “The Way to Work,” was unveiled Thursday at the building's south entrance.

        The painting was the culmination of a year-long project commissioned by the Alliance Laboratory Service Diversity Council. Mr. Haffron's rendering, which depicts various Cincinnati neighborhoods and the people who live in them, was chosen over eight others because it addressed such a wide range of diversity issues.

        “I thought about where I encountered the most diversity, and I found that it was on the way to work,” said Mr. Haffron, a 23-year employee of University Hospital.

        Pat Samson, media relations consultant for the Health Alliance, said the artwork should serve as a reminder to everyone that diversity is something to be celebrated.

        “It's a piece that should remind us that we all come in different sizes, shapes and colors and that it is fun to live and work together,” Ms. Samson said.

        Mr. Haffron said he hopes people understand the double meaning of the mural.

        “It's my way to work and the way to work,” he said.

       



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