Irish embassy unveils Cecilia Grierson mural in Buenos Aires

‘Res Non Verba’ is a collaborative effort by artists Friz (Ireland) and Mabel Vicentef (Argentina) to honor the life of the first woman to become a doctor in Argentina

Ireland’s embassy in Buenos Aires unveiled a collaborative mural on Friday to honor the life and work of Cecilia Grierson, an Argentine professor and philanthropist of Irish heritage, and the first woman doctor in Argentina.

Set on an outer wall of the British Cemetery in Buenos Aires, the mural — called Res Non Verba or “deeds not words” — is the result of the joint work of Argentine muralist Mabel Vicentef and Friz, an Irish artist who traveled especially to carry out the project. Standing at two meters high and 12 meters long, the mural seeks to highlight the importance of Cecilia Grierson’s legacy in Argentina: her face is on the AR$2000 bill and the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine is named afte her.

A pioneer in her field, Grierson founded the first nursing school in the country, installed the public assistance first aid service in Buenos Aires, and established a psycho-pedagogical clinic-school for children with behavioral, speech, and learning problems, among her many teaching activities

The mural project is a collaboration between the Embassy of Ireland and graffitimundo, with the endorsement of the Government of Ireland and the support of the Dr. Cecilia Grierson Foundation.

The British Cemetery, where Grierson’s remains rest, joined the project by donating the corner located at the intersection of Avenida Elcano and Avenida del Campo, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Chacarita

“Primarily Dr. Grierson’s legacy lies in a fusion between the art of teaching and the art of relieving those in need,” read the embassy’s statement. 

“Her tenacity, her perseverance, and her keen powers of observation allowed her to develop successful actions in the field of health that she quickly translated into teaching strategies to continue enriching the study of her profession.”

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