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Artist, epidemiologist team up to create mural inspired by Montreal’s COVID-19 data

Artist, epidemiologist team up to create mural inspired by Montreal's COVID-19 data thumbnail

The mural, situated outside CEGEP du Vieux Montréal, is a grid showing the first 50 days of the outbreak in the city.

The new mural was developed by artist Shelley Miller as well as epidemiologist Joanna Merckx. (CBC)

A new mural outside CEGEP du Vieux Montréal highlights the intensity of the initial wave of the pandemic in Montreal, making use of data to imagine how each borough was affected.

It was produced over the period of 3 months by artist Shelley Miller and also epidemiologist Joanna Merckx, an affiliate member in the division of epidemiology at McGill College and the supervisor of Medical Matters bioMérieux.

” It was a very intriguing, likewise challenging, but likewise extremely great experience to coordinate with an artist,” said Merckx.

The mural is a grid clarifying the initial 50 days of the break out in Montreal, damaged down into 50 various squares for the boroughs and also demerged cities.

” A great deal of the job that I do referrals patchwork and also quilting, so the square theme is something that I’ve collaborated with a lot,” stated Miller.

” In the very first wave we became aware of a lot of districts most impacted and hardest hit. I intended to check out the information in a different way to see if there was a method to visualize just how each district contrasted in regards to population thickness.”

Bringing data to brand-new audiences

Each borough or city was provided a different colour and also arranged alphabetically from the top down. Each square, Miller clarified, represents “a spherical figure of 2 per cent of the cases per thousand based upon the population density of the borough.”

The mural belongs to the CovidArt program funded by Récherche Québec. Musicians were asked to work together with a researcher or researcher to create new public art around the theme of 19

Merckx joined Miller to assist analyze the information. She said art can show 19 numbers in a way spreadsheets never can– and can likewise bring that data to brand-new audiences.

” What I really hope is that we sort of can keep in mind exactly how we lived that initial wave, and that we will not neglect– but that we additionally can find out as well as we can do points far better in the 2nd wave.”

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