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Eight Years Posthumous, ‘Ruth’s Dream’ Comes True
In 2008, after artist Ruth Litoff tragically took her own life in her Manhattan apartment at age 42, Hope Litoff vowed to explore her sister’s creative brilliance and complete Ruth’s final project.
Eight years later, Ruth’s Dream adorns NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue with magnificent floral beauty, just as Ruth had envisioned for the hospital where she had received such care and compassion through her tribulations.
Ruth’s Dream, in Ruth’s Words
“The intention of this show is to create a sanctuary of flowers and light in an inspiring environment for the people of this city; to provide a respite from the noise and speed of the streets, a moment to stroll in a garden of luminosity, and an opportunity to slow down and experience vitality, peace and joy. This sunlit and healing space at Bellevue Hospital is the perfect greenhouse for my flowers.
The flowers in this series were photographed on the streets of Manhattan growing wild and unattended. Sizzling reds, oranges, deep violets, indigos, and pink daisies drawing New Yorkers and visitors into a magical new world. I feel it’s essential for my art to be accessible to everyone just as the subjects were in nature.”
A Bittersweet Goodbye to an Amazing Person
Ruth was not only a client of Duggal Visual Solutions’, but also a dear friend to our founder, the late Baldev Duggal, along with many other Duggal employees.
Collaborating closely with Hope and independent producer Beth Levison to produce the original framed pieces and large LED illuminated graphics for Ruth’s Dream was an emotional process. It reminded our entire team of the profound impact that visual art can have on a life, a family, a community, and an audience. Deeply moved by the experience, we encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and follow the production of Hope’s feature-length documentary, Rules to Live By.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
462 First Avenue
Main Hospital Building
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (including weekends)
June 24 – September 6, 2016