STAMFORD, CT - Stamford celebrated the official rededication of the James Henry Daugherty mural “The World Outside” at Stamford Health’s Tully Health Center on Wednesday. The rededication ceremony was led by Stamford Health’s Senior Vice President of Strategy & Marketing Ben Wade, along with Stamford Mayor David Martin, special guest Herman Eberhardt — the Supervisory Museum Curator at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum — and other members of Stamford’s community.
“We are grateful to have this historic piece of art on loan to us for the community to enjoy,” said Stamford Health’s Senior Vice President of Strategy & Marketing Ben Wade. “Art is an important part of creating a healing environment at Stamford Health. In fact, our new hospital building features 650 individual works of art — many by local artists — which not only provide thoughtful moments for patients, visitors and staff, but also help them find their way around the different floors.”
The World Outside was painted in 1934 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Under the Federal Art Project artists, writers and artisans were hired to create thousands of paintings, murals and sculptures found in municipal buildings, schools and hospitals across the country.
The oil-on-canvas mural is one of seven that Daugherty painted for the music room at Stamford High School to show the progression of history, featuring people from different ethnic groups taking part in education, sports, industry, science and the arts. The murals were removed from the school during a renovation project in the 1970s. They were ultimately found by a local art restorer and finally returned to the City of Stamford in 2003. “The World Outside” mural was restored in 2019 thanks to funding from the City and a grant from the James Daugherty Foundation in Westport.
“These murals have been part of Stamford’s culture for a generation and deserve to be more prominently seen by our community,” said Mayor David Martin. “I am proud they’ve returned to the public view, thanks to the painstaking restoration work and dedication of key City employees, with generous support from the James Daugherty Foundation.”
“The World Outside” — which measures 100-7/8 inches high by 355 ½ inches wide and weighs 70 pounds — is on display at Stamford Health’s Tully Health Center. Other Daugherty murals are currently on display at the Ferguson Library’s main branch, UCONN Stamford Library and Stamford High School.