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Call for contributions to ‘Diversity Mural’ open until March 15

mural of silhouette blowing rainbow of 49 hearts


Orlando’s “Diversity Mural” — a rainbow of mosaic hearts designed to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings — is in the process of being restored and extended, with opportunities to contribute available until March 15.

A portion of the mural had to be removed by the new owners of the former Lamp & Shade Fair building to make renovations for a new restaurant and bar in the Mills 50 District. After District 5 Commissioner Patty Sheehan granted $10,000 in discretionary funds to extend the mural, efforts increased to make mosaic hearts for the restoration and expansion.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, city commissioner Patty Sheehan and Susie Dyer pose for a photo with their mosaic hearts that will be included in the expansion of the Diversity Mural. (COURTESY PATTY SHEEHAN)

On Feb. 2, Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Sheehan designed their own mosaic hearts at the Mills 50 business Luna Mosaic Arts. District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart also visited the studio recently to design a heart.

Luna Mosaic Arts initiated the mural and is accepting additional mosaic hearts in their studio until March 15. Detailed instructions are available on their website, The mural was designed by lead artist Cherie Bosela and is located at 1336 N. Mills Ave.

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