The Cruz Roja (Red Cross) offices on Avenida de los Atleticos, just off of Colosio and across the Municipality of La Paz Building, just got a little bit happier.
Thanks to local artist Frank Hills, a large, bright mural painting now makes the entrance to the once somber building much more pleasant, not only for the workers but for visitors as well.
Hills was asked by Dr. Enrique Tuchmann, President of Cruz Roja La Paz, to help make the offices of Cruz Roja more inviting. After showing three different ideas, the two agreed upon the backdrop of the Kiosko on the malecon and 16 de septiembre in La Paz circa 1940 with a Red Cross ambulance in the foreground.
At an unveiling ceremony in honor of Hills and the mural, Dr. Tuchmann had these kind words, “We really appreciate the work of Frank. We love it. Thank-you on behalf of the Red Cross. We also would like to invite you Frank to become a part of the Red Cross and our volunteer committee. We would like to involve the English speaking community in our activities.”
An honored and humble Hills said, “This is a pleasure. Several people have asked me how long it took me to get this mural painted. I always answer that it took 5 days to put it on the wall, but it took me about 40 years to get ready to do it. I thank all of you for coming today. I really appreciate it.”
During the event, Hills also explained how the mural was named. “The employees named the mural as it belongs to them, to everyone who is a part of this organization. I asked them to think it over and let me know what they would like to name it. They informed me today that they would like to call the mural La Cruz Roja es La Paz. So there you have it.”