Artist Claudia La Bianca paints at Jackson Memorial Hospital to honor coronavirus fighters

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Artist Claudia La Bianca is mapping out a masterpiece on the side of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

At more than 100 feet tall, the mural is in its beginning stages.

La Bianca said she was thinking about toll COVID-19 was taking on her home country of Italy, and its potential for doom in her South Florida community.

“I was a little scared because I knew what was coming,” she said. “I was locked in my house and I thought I needed to use my art to do something positive in the community.”

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La Bianca did what she does best: paint. The street artist, whose murals are seen in Wynwood, first created an image of four nurses as superheroes. Working with a friend who was donating food to area hospitals, she included prints of the image along with the delivery.

It was a hit.

“They are fighting the bad guy, which is the virus, and they’re saving life and they’re taking care of the sick ones,” she said.

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She was inspired to do more.

“I felt, ‘Okay,I need to take this to the next level.’ Because if I can bring this type of inspiration or this type of energy to the nurses, I need to go bigger.”

La Bianca was relentless in asking Jackson Health System for the go-ahead to create an enormous mural, and finally got approval.

The 104-foot high work called “Our Heroes” will depict doctors, nurses, janitors, and other health care workers on the front lines.

“There’s a lot of fear out there. Art can inspire people and can bring a positive message,” La Bianca said.

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Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.