"This is the fruit of a very special l00th anniversary project-one which commemorates a very special woman who lived a life of service and left a lasting legacy here in Edmonton and in this facility," said Sheli Murphy, Misericordia Vice-President of Operations. Rita Sandmaier, Director of Mission, explained that Sister Rosalie was a natural focus for the 100th anniversary committee when searching for a subject.
"We wanted to commemorate the vision and dedication of the Misericordia Sisters, who gave life to this organization and continue to inspire us in our work," she said. "It is our hope that all who enter our doors will feel welcomed by Sister Rosalie-and by all who continue her work in this facility."
Installed in the hospital lobby, the artist used layers of stained glass to form the five-foot-four image, melted the layers together and hand painted the detail. The final step in the process, which he calls "extreme technical art glass" involved sandblasting additional detail into the image, adding depth and dimension to the finished work. He spent 1,000 hours working on the Sister and a similar rendition of the Misericordia crest which is mounted beside her.