A work in tribute to the victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting has become part of the streetscape at Bellevue and Mercer.
Artist Mariah Widman pasted up pieces of her “Wall” mural Sunday night. It represents the holes knocked out by police as they responded to rescue survivors in the deadly Orlando shooting in which a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 more. The work represents the wall of Pulse as both a barrier that had to be breached and a symbol of resiliency, Widman said.
The work is featured on the wall of the under-construction transformation of Harry’s Fine Foods from a corner bodega at Bellevue and Mercer into a new neighborhood cafe from Widman’s cousin, Julian Hagood.
The violence in Orlando has inspired both fear and defiance as Seattle celebrates Pride. Cal Anderson was filled with songs, candles, and flowers during a vigil to mark the massacre. Mayor Ed Murray and his husband Michael Shiosaki, meanwhile, made the rounds of Capitol Hill LGBTQ nightspots over the weekend in a show of support. A busy week of Capitol Hill Pride is a head.
Last night I went out w/ my husband Michael & friends because we wanted to be with community & not give into fear. pic.twitter.com/XgDurrvnnE
— Ed Murray (@MayorEdMurray) June 19, 2016