Follow Up to Anti-smoking Mural Piece

The No Smoking mural on the Ferry family wall ledge, painted by artist Robert Gordon, has elicited approving comment from passersby and apparently deterred Mercy Hospital smokers who don’t want to be seen sitting on the wall, puffing away.  “I saw the artist painting that,” says Clarence Summerfield of 43rd street. “It’s beautiful, and for someone who doesn’t smoke it’s a really big health issue.” ESP’s photo essay about the mural was followed by a feature article in the Sacramento Bee (Our Region, Thursday, July 26). Now, says Jim Ferry, smokers stand in clusters and “smoke near the driveway.”  It’s as if the Ferrys are slowly inching the smokers back to Mercy property.

Conceived by Joanie Ferry, the mural idea generated  a lot of neighborhood buzz, most of it overwhelmingly positive.  “It’s a great use of art for private and public good,” says neighbor Eileen Lynch. She adds that she follows the Ferry struggle with the Mercy Corporation on Jim Ferry’s blog (Living Next to Mercy).

Artist Gordon, who worked in part from idea sketches submitted by the Ferrys, will continue to work on the wall, and will next paint a a “No Truck Zone” mural on the Ferry’s garage which faces the Mercy parking lot. This zone had been exploited by Mercy vehicles that send idling exhaust and fumes onto Ferry property.

“Neighbors shouldn’t have to breathe these toxins,” says Lynch. “It’s why so many of us end up in hospitals in the first place. Kudos to the Ferrys.”

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3 Responses to Follow Up to Anti-smoking Mural Piece

  1. Will Green says:

    Mercy General promotes smoking!! They push their employees to the public streets for all passerbys to see that the staff in uniforms are SMOKERS. Many of these are presumed to be the doctors that work at the hospital.

    So what a profound PUBLIC message….Mercy SMOKES !!! Maybe Mercy is encouraging more smokers in order that more of the public will be the next victims of heart attacks, lung disease; or throat, mouth, and lung cancers.

    This public smoking policy will ensure that Mercy has plenty of patients for their future growth. Go Mercy, Grow Mercy, Smoke, Smoke, Smoke !!!!

  2. Tamara says:

    Thanks for covering this. I’m quite proud of thier solution and hope it helps to bring a real resolution to the problem. In the meantime, I worry that this will push more smokers to H st.- which suffers a similar fate. While I am fortunate enough to live around the corner and avoid the direct smoke, I drive past these people every day and really don’t care to see them. Hospital gowns drooping about their legs, IVs hanging off of them, cigarette in hand. It’s quite depressing and disgusting. Living across from it would be unbearable!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I noticed that the mural has now been painted over and the wall is back to its original, white state. Any news as to why?

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