Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department Gets a Suite of New Murals

The Land of the Helping Hand, by celebrated San Francisco-based muralist Sirron Norris, is an immersive artwork designed to bring joy to youth and families in crisis

Colorful mural by Simon Norris. Mural features cartoon-like characters and San Francisco icons like the GG bridge.

The San Francisco Arts Commission debuts a suite of new murals by local artist Sirron Norris in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The new artwork, The Land of the Helping Hand, is a colorful fantasy scene depicting iconic Bay Area landmarks and a cast of animal characters lending each other a hand (or paw). The immersive artwork evokes feelings of joy and happiness in a setting where families and youth often find themselves in stressful situations.

“Since the opening, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital has received critical praise for its expansive public art collection, which helps contribute to a healing and positive environment,” says Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “We are proud to add these murals by Sirron Norris to the collection and to bring some levity to the Pediatric Emergency Department space. We hope the installation will comfort youth and their families during their stay.”

Norris is known for his colorful and lively murals depicting his signature Blue Bear, many of which can be seen in the surrounding neighborhood. In addition to the murals you see on the walls, each exam room has an interactive “I Spy” game that encourages children and youth to play with caregivers and the dedicated, friendly hospital staff.

“Sirron’s murals are an oasis of warmth, life and color everyone loves and appreciates,” says hospital CEO Dr. Susan Ehrlich, “patients and staff alike. We are so grateful to be their home.”

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