“I saw men and men, women and women, standing side-by-side reading the names on the mural. That whole experience was the thing I’m most grateful for.”
—Wayne P. Rada, founder of The L.I.S.A. Project NYC
To remember the men and women who lost their lives, and those who are left behind to grieve and pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12th 2016, a mural has been painted on the side of the building at Sixth Avenue and West Eighth Street. The rainbow flag colors—emblem of the gay rights movement—have been re-imagined into a raised fist of defiance in the face of horrific tragedy and senseless loss.
Coordinated by the L.I.S.A. (Little Italy Street Art) Project NYC, a non-profit organization that brings artists together to create street art in Manhattan, all materials and labor for the mural were donated.
The Home Depot donated the many gallons of paint. The necessary tools were donated by Blick Supplies, an art supply company in the Big Apple. The New York City Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) gave its support; the building at 396 Sixth Avenue falls within the Greenwich Village Historic District, the city’s largest. The building’s owners, Cushman and Wakefield, were cooperative as well.
On Gay Pride Sunday, June 26th the NYC Pride Parade marched past the mural. One of the goals for the organizers of the mural’s creation was to have it completed for the Pride Parade.
See this mural, one by Keith Haring (1958–1990), and other cool sights on our Gay Village Walking Tour. Take the Tour; Know More!