Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Mural artist Michael Pilato came to Orlando shortly after the awful night on June 12th, 2016 at the Pulse Nightclub. He and Yuriy Karabash have been working non-stop on research and development as well as producing a piece of art with some of the stories of the 49 victims the survivors and beyond.
Barbara Poma owner of Pulse, announced that on the one year anniversary, the mural that Michael and Yuriy are working on will be on display at Pulse before it goes to a destination not yet decided. Some hand prints and messages will be added. The panels are starting to pull together nicely as a unified whole.
A number of local artists have contributed to the mural.On Tuesdays, artists are invited to the studio above Anthony's Pizzeria on colonial Drive and Mills Avenue. I sketched as artists arrived. Angel Jones, an arts activist, and owner of a fashion bazaar talked to Michael and committed to return and add elements to one of the panels. Colin Boyer stopped in to paint on one of the portraits he did for the 49 portrait project I had organized. All the artists who participated in that project were invited to work on Michael's Inspiration Orlando Mural. There was a $100 stipend for contribution artists.