Prevea unveils new painting, commemorates loss and sacrifice during COVID-19 pandemic | WFRV Local 5
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WFRV) – After a challenging year of loss and sacrifice, Prevea Health commemorates those who lost their lives and put their lives at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On Thursday, Prevea Health unveiled a new painting at the Prevea St. Mary’s Health Center in Green Bay honoring the over 7,000 lives lost in Wisconsin to COVID-19, as well as the victims and health workers’ dedication during the global pandemic.
The painting, titled “Promise of a New Day,” was created by Manitowoc artist and resident Jason Prigge. The piece is arranged as a triptych using oil, acrylic, gold leaf and collage techniques. Next to the painting hangs a board with the inscription “Rich in symbolism and subtext, this composition shows a flock of snow-white seabirds over all three boards, which are supposed to float over the bay of Green Bay and evoke a feeling of peace. Strength and serenity. “
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Health officials further explain the meaning of the painting, noting that the birds on the left have gold-tipped wings to represent loved ones who have died, depicted as angels on their flight to heaven.
The medical staff goes on to say that the central panel shows birds, their figures adorned with collaged segments of the Hippocratic Oath to represent the doctors and medical staff working selflessly for their patients.
And finally, birds in the third panel, gliding right across the glistening surface of the bay, are more earthbound, representing Prevea’s current patients and their families, who greet the dawn with prayers of hope and healing.
- With artist Jason Prigge and Dr. Ashok Rai