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    This Artist Turned A Tagged-Up Garage Door Into A Simple Tribute To Orlando Victims

    49 roses for the 49 victims.

    A Toronto artist created this touching tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting after she was asked to paint over graffiti on a woman's garage door.

    Victoria Barrington

    The garage door had been spraypainted with tags and the homeowner, Victoria Barrington, decided to find an artist who could do something creative with it.

    "I actually don't mind if you want to paint my garage door. It really doesn't bother me," Barrington told BuzzFeed Canada. "But paint it with something that everyone can enjoy."

    She reached out to the Bunz Trading Zone on Facebook for help and got dozens of recommendations before setting on Andrea Manica, a Toronto artist whose previous work she liked.

    Manica has been painting murals for the past three years. She said she was drawn to the artform because it's public and free.

    Andrea Manica

    Manica said Barrington wanted something that would help beautify the back alley — where lots of children play — and to represent the city and her Bloordale neighbourhood.

    "We were still talking about it and hadn't come to a conclusion yet, and then over the weekend the tragedy happened in Orlando," Manica told BuzzFeed Canada. "So I just wanted to make something as a dedication to those victims."

    Manica decided to paint 49 roses — one for each of the victims in Orlando — with a rainbow gradient to signify the loss to the LGBTQ community.

    Andrea Manica
    Andrea Manica

    Both Manica and Barrington said that reaction to the mural has been really positive, both online and from neighbours.

    "I've been overwhelmed by the amount of responses we've gotten from LGBTQ people, just so happy that there's something more permanent here to honour the victims," Barrington said. "But it's also celebrating love and celebrating them in a beautiful way."

    Manica said the most important thing for her was paying her respects in some way.

    Victoria Barrington

    "I just feel touched that I was able to contribute something to memorialize the people who were important and who aren't here anymore."

    Andrea Manica

    Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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