Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada has completed a 20,000-square-foot mural in Queens, New York to honor frontline healthcare workers as well as those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Called Somos La Luz, translated to We Are Light from Spanish, the work was designed to highlight what’s happening to communities of color amid the pandemic. Corona Park was chosen by the artist as the mural’s location, as it is situated near neighborhoods hit hardest by the pandemic in New York City.
Wearing a face mask and head covering, the doctor memorialized in the mural is Dr. Ydelfonso Decoo, a Latino physician who lost his life after battling the pandemic in New York City. He was part of the SOMOS Community Care network — comprised mainly of immigrant Latino and Chinese doctors — that treated Hispanic and African American communities. “The large-scale works that I have created around the world convey that we need to come together to make the world a better place,” Rodriguez-Gerada explained. “The size is directly related to the importance of the theme.”
Take a closer look at Somos La Luz in the slideshow above.