NLH reveals new wall mural

From left, Director of Volunteer Services Sue McNeil, and artists Tammy Merendo, Linda Biggers Susan Ruscitto next to the waterfall mosiac. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE —Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home revealed its waterfall mosaic art in the Reflection Garden on Aug. 29. The mural is 12-feet high and almost 9-feet wide.

To make the creation and installation more manageable, the mural was divided into six sections. The mural is comprised of pieces of stained glass, agate and clay. The making of the mural had taken place inside registered nurse Tammy Merendo’s art studio in Amsterdam. Hundreds of hours were invested in the mural’s creation, according to a news release.

“I wanted to thank everyone for making this possible,” said Laurence Kelly, president and CEO of Littauer.

Kelly thanked a number of people and businesses for making the mural a reality.

“We should all be very proud of Joseph Rossi, who made the donation to fund the mural, Norma Cozzolino, president of the auxiliary, Sue McNeil, director of volunteer services, the auxiliary members, and all volunteers.”

He also thanked the artists of the mural — Tammy Merendo, Linda Biggers and Susan Ruscitto.

“We have many members and staff who have worked tirelessly to make this possible. They are very dedicated to what they do and this mural is a reflection of that,” Kelly said.

“For our hospital, it’s more than just healing physically. We also heal mentally and spiritually,” McNeil said. “This artwork represents our spirituality and humanity because a lot of love went into this mural and its making.”

The mural was made using articles recovered from a razed church and molds made from personal items belonging to people who have passed.

“Every time you look at the mural, you see something different,” said Merendo. “Everything you see in the mural has a purpose and a story to tell. Some of the Tiffany glass, which was found and scrubbed clean, was from the razed Second Presbyterian Church in Amsterdam. The flowers throughout the piece were from made from a barrette that belonged to Sammy, Sue McNeil’s granddaughter, who unfortunately passed [away.] The barrette was made into a mold to make flowers for the mural. Homemade stamps from the late Laurie Priest were used to create some of the leaves in the mosaic. Both were used to represent loved ones who are no longer with us —the memories of those passed will continue to live on through this installation.”

Kelly said the addition of the mural to Littauer’s Reflection Garden will add to its serenity and beauty.

“The transformation of the Reflection Garden alone is something to consider as well. It’s a beautiful space for patients, visitors, and staff to visit and enjoy,” said Kelly. “It is not just for employees of Nathan Littauer Hospital. It is a space that is dedicated to everyone and is welcomed to be used by all.”

The waterfall mosaic mural is located in the Reflection Garden on the first floor between the hospital and the Primary Care Center. Patients who are staying at the hospital can ask staff to bring them to see the mural. The public is encouraged to come and visit from the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

By Kerry Minor

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