BY DEAN MOSES
An art installation created to honor healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic outside of Elmhurst Hospital was taken down over the weekend and moved inside the hospital.
The installation, a “Thank You” sign, was created in late March by Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido. The artist was the first to take down a piece of the art on Friday, Aug. 21. The rest will soon be removed and taken inside the hospital, where it will remain.
In addition to the “Thank You” sign, LoBaido presented the hospital with a painting of first responders pushing the American flag into the ground together. The painting mirrors the famous Iwo Jima Memorial.
“In our darkest hour, you will bring up the sun again,” LoBaido said to the workers.
The essential workers featured in LoBaido’s painting are actual frontline workers who posed for the artist.
See photos from the decommissioning of the “Thank You” sign below.