Originally posted by Don Harkins on July 11, 2016 shortly after the horrific attack at Pulse Nightclub
Orlando businesses are doing something pretty incredible in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shootings. Beautiful murals are popping up all over the city in support of the victims and those affected by the June 12th massacre. Every new mural makes our streets more vibrant, gives artists an opportunity for expression and reminds us that Orlando is a close-knit community full of love and acceptance. The mural above is painted on the side of Pho Hoa Restaurant, a 4 star Vietnamese restaurant with amazing noodle soup.
Track Shack is my favorite running store in Orlando (better than Fleet Feet) located on Mills Ave in the Vimi neighborhood. This mural is painted on an old gas station garage in their parking lot just across the street from the store.
The Center had this mural painted on the side of their headquarters building. This was, and still is, a place to gather and show support in the hours and days immediately following the attack. Their mission is “To promote and empower the GLBT Community and its allies through information, education, advocacy and support.” If you’re looking to donate or help out in anyway, visit their website above for more information.
This cool mural features a Marvin Gaye quote and was erected right next to Gringos Locos in The Milk District. By the way, we really wish they would turn that gas station into a cafe!
St. Matthew’s Tavern is a full liquor bar that has a nice tribute including 49 white ribbons. They’re located just south of the Virginia-Mills intersection.
Zebra Coalition brightened up their retail space with a piece of art featuring 49 white crosses and a wall mural. According to their website they are “…a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBT+) ages 13 – 24.”
Thank you to all the businesses and artists who’ve contributed to creating these original works of art and reminders of what makes Orlando such a great place to live. If you see other murals around town, please snap a picture and share with us!
– Don Harkins