Hasbro Children's Hospital
was approached by Joy Wulliams, (then director
of the Tomorrow Fund) about the feasibility of creating a clay mural
to raise funds for Kids with Cancer and to be permanently placed in
the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence,
Rhode Island. She had an idea of a rainbow, a stylized sun, and blades
of grass with children's names pressed into the clay.
I suggested animals (paid for by corporate sponsors)and colored clay
so that the edges or even chipped parts would still be colorful.
The mural was designed by Robin Halpren-Ruder-parts
Thanks to aid by Minnesota-Midwest Clay Co., we could afford their beautiful colored clay, fired at Stoneware temperatures for durability. The fund raising efforts were so successful that we enlarged the mural from the original size of 5'x 10' to 5'x 19'; working with a curved wall and a fire sensor added to the design modifications. It was exciting to see 800 people at the dedication. Touching the name of a child who has died allowed closure for some families.