Methodist South Hospital recently hosted a ribbon cutting and consecration ceremony to celebrate the completion of its lobby and first floor renovations. The 9,500-square-foot renovation project cost $2 million and took approximately ten months to complete and no two people were happier to be involved than local artists Terry Lynn and Jerry Lynn.
The Lynns, a.k.a. TWIN, contributed a mural they painted titled "Collaboration," with Terry Lynn putting words to what was clearly obvious: "We are excited to be a part of Methodist South's redesign and opening celebration."
The mural, said Lynn, "represents the collaboration of physicians, healthcare leaders, and staff who make this hospital a vital part of the Memphis – and particularly Whitehaven – community."
The mural is not the first artistic piece that TWIN has created. According to Lynn, the brothers have been drawing since they were kids and have been professional artists since 1994. Their work has been featured in venues such as the Dixon Art Gallery, the Brooks Museum of Art, David Lusk Gallery and the Dorothy Jean Gallery.
Despite successful artistic careers and a shared passion for art, Lynn said being artists wasn't the original career choice for either brother.
"We initially planned to major in architectural technology and become architectural engineers, but after the art started to become an income maker, we realized that it was something that we could actually make a living doing," Lynn said.
The native Memphians are fueled by inspiration.
"Our inspiration comes from our surroundings – just growing up in the Mid-South," Lynn said, noting that the brothers "grew up a little in Whitehaven, then we moved to North Memphis."
Family inspiration also was key.
"Just hearing those stories from our parents and grandparents about struggles and things that they went through as children, and also the good times they shared (and) childhood stories that we heard growing up, was an initial inspiration," said Lynn. "As we grew and became mature as artists, we just started to create our own stories, and it all led to our continued growth as artists."
Lynn also said he and his brother are inspired by artists such as Memphis' George Hunt and by the music of Memphis, including gospel, jazz and blues.
Through art, Lynn looks to serve as a source of inspiration for others.
"I hope to just inspire, inspire the youth. As an artist, I think that's one of the most important things that you can do is give back by doing the best work that we can and serve as an inspiration to those who aspire to be artists themselves and make somebody's day a little bit brighter."
As for the overall renovation project, including the mural, "Sometimes we judge a book by its cover," said Jay Robinson, Methodist South Hospital CEO. "This new look will complement the services we provide for our patients and families."