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Preserving a legacy: Wishard Hospital Murals

Imagine its 1916, and you’re lying ill in the city hospital.  Surrounding you are aisles of other hospital beds full of other patients.  As you suffer with a fever, you stare at the sterile, blank hospital walls.  If you were fortunate enough to be in Indianapolis, that city hospital would have been what is today Wishard Memorial Hospital.  Idyllic landscapes, groups of children playing, and portraits would have adorned the walls.  The soft colors and soothing images would have encouraged your healing process.

Clifton Wheeler Women and Children

Clifton Wheeler, Women and Children. 39" x 70". Photograph by Tad Fruits.

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