‘Peace Doves’ mural created in honor of victims of the Virginia Beach mass shooting

‘Peace Doves’ mural created in honor of victims of the Virginia Beach mass shooting


COMMUNITY. THEY ARE CREATING VISION THAT WILL ANSWER THE VIOLENCE THAT HIT ALL OF US MAY 31ST. IT IS A MURAL TO HONOR THOSE WHOSE LIVES WERE TAKEN AT THE VIRGINIA BEACH MUNICIPAL CENTER. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S MARIELENA BALOURIS CAUGHT UP WITH BOTH WHILE THEY WERE WORKING. (MARIELENA) THEIR MURAL IS CALLED “PEACE DOVES.” (MARIELENA) THE ARTISTS DESIGNED IT BACK IN THE SPRING FOR A COMPETITION TO PAINT THE OUTER WALL OF THE RUDEE LOOP AT THE OCEANFRONT. THEY WEREN’T CHOSEN. BUT AFTER THE SHOOTING — THEY LOOKED AT WHAT HAPPENED, LOOKED AT THEIR DESIGN AND KNEW THEY HAD TO BRING IT TO VIRGINIA BEACH. (MARIELENA BALOURIS) ART IS A FORM OF EXPRESSION. YOU GOT ANYMORE OF THAT PINK OR I’LL JUST BRING THAT. IS THAT FRESHIE? ART SPEAKS, WHERE WORDS FAIL. JOHN MULDOON, ARTIST IT IS HARD TO SEE A SILVER LINING IN SUCH A TRAGEDY IT’S ALSO HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS THE IMPACT OF AND SEAN COFFEY ARE PUTTING IT ONTO THIS WALL. SEAN COFFEY, ARTIST TRY TO HELP THEM HEAL A LITTLE THE ARTISTS DESIGNED THE “PEACE DOVES” MURAL LAST SPRING, HOPING TO PAINT IT ON THE OUTER WALL OF THE RUDEE LOOP. THEIR DESIGN WAS NOT CHOSEN. BUT WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT THE SHOOTING, THE OFFERED TO PAINT IT ANYWHERE IN THE CITY FOR FREE. JOHN MULDOON, ARTIST IT SEEMED A LITTLE BIT LIKE THIS WAS MEANT TO BE THE MURAL WILL HAVE TWELVE ORIGAMI DOVES. SEAN COFFEY, ARTIST THE PEACE DOVES JUST BEING YOU KNOW ALMOST A WORLDWIDE SIGN OF PEACE AND, A TRIBUTE TO THE TWELVE PEOPLE KILLED IN THE SHOOTING. THE MURAL WILL ALSO HAVE THE SHADOW OF HUMMINGBIRDS, WHICH ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR RESILIENCE. JOHN MULDOON, ARTIST WE THINK THIS COMMUNITY HAS STRENGTH AND WE WANTED IT, WE WANTED IT TO CARRY ON, WE WANT IT TO KEEP GOING THESE PITTSBURGH RESIDENTS KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT CARRYING ON…THEIR COMMUNITY WAS ALSO IMPACTED BY A MASS SHOOTING NEARLY ONE YEAR AGO. SEAN COFFEY, ARTIST ITS HARD FOR EVERYBODY TO FIND A BALANCE AGAIN AT THE END OF IT, SO WE’RE HOPING THIS BALANCE OF COLOR AND LIGHT AND PEACEFUL THOUGHTS CAN HELP EVERYBODY COME TO PEACE WITH THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED AND — THEY HOPE THEIR ART SPEAKS FOR THEM…A MESSAGE OF PEACE AND STRENGTH. (MARIELENA) COFFEE AND MULDOON WILL SPEND ABOUT 30 HOURS ON THIS MURAL. THEY HOPE TO HAVE IT FINISHED BY TOMORROW NIGHT. I’M MARIELENA BALOURIS,

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