Artist turning hospitals into underwater wonderlands to bring a smile to sick children.
Underwater Hospital By Alexander Greensmith **EXCLUSIVE** **VIDEO AVAILABLE** THIS ARTIST is turning hospitals into underwater wonderlands to bring a smile to sick children. Stunning pictures show cancer units and other drab hospital walls transformed into baby blue seas abuzz with marine life. Another image shows the painter proudly posing behind a school of stingrays, armed with his trusty paintbrush. The heart-warming project, titled Ospedali Dipinti (Painted Hospitals), is by artist Silvio Irilli (50) from Chieri, Italy. He has painted in over 15 hospitals, and now plans to fundraise for the recently spruced up Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, Italy, which has been the most affected by COVID-19. “It is important that the work that I create is not only beautiful, but that it makes you interact," he said. “It can welcome patients and make them forget even for a moment that they must face an important therapy session or surgery, transporting them into another place with the embrace of the ocean. "The project is funded by contributions of non-profit organisations, associations, foundations, companies and individual donations. All without spending a penny on public health." Silvio has been a full-time artist since 1991, but only painted his first hospital wall in October 2012. His gorgeous art now covers over 32,000 sq. ft. These scenic murals often take Silvio days to make, as he makes sure to paint every corner to fully immerse people into his art. “In addition to being an artistic experience, it has become a human experience and it is truly touching to receive the comments of patients and children,” he added. “Often when young patients arrive home, they ask their parents: ‘when are we going back to the hospital aquarium’. “Once, when a child had to be put to sleep using anaesthesia to undergo cancer radiotherapy, thanks to the decorated environment, the doctor was able to gain the child's confidence and do this without them going under anaesthesia. They happily got lost in my work. “I tell all children and patients admitted to the hospitals decorated with my works to remember that they are not alone. There are many people who have donated for the paintings who are cheering for their recovery." You can explore more of Silvio’s uplifting artwork on Instagram @ospedalidipinti, where he has over 1,300 followers as of June 2020. His website is www.ospedalidipinti.it. For more information please see www.mediadrumworld.com. ENDS