Tilda Shalof spent 28 years as an ICU nurse at Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Over the years, she collected the discarded plastic medical packaging—including medicine caps, tube connectors, and vial lids, all of it sterile—that was eventually used for this mural. A friend and artist, Vanessa Herman-Landau, suggested using the plastic pieces to create a mural. Together they assembled the piece, beginning with the large orange circle on the left, which is constructed of lids from the vials of a drug used to help patients with liver failure. The mosaic is made up of more than 10,000 pieces of plastic embedded in clear resin. Soon it will hang in the reception area of the newly created Office of the Patient Experience in the main lobby of Toronto General Hospital. Shalof is also the author of six books about her life as a nurse, including A Nurse's Story: Life, Death and In-Between in an Intensive Care Unit (Emblem Editions, 2005). For more on Shalof's work, visit her website: www.nursetilda.com. A Moment of Mindfulness © 2018 by Tilda Shalof. Contact author: Tilda Shalof, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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