The painted planter outside of The Beaver pays tributes to the 49 Orlando victims.
WHERE: Outside of The Beaver, 1192 Queen Street West
WHAT: In the weeks following the massacre of 49 Floridians at a gay Orlando nightclub, Toronto’s LGBTQ communities have come together to reflect on the realities of being queer and trans in 2016. Artist Karen Campos Castillo is among those remembering. In front of The Beaver, which recently paid tribute to the Pulse nightclub victims, Castillo has painted 49 X’s on a planter box—one for each life lost in the shooting. (The crime took place on a Latinx-themed night.) Other Torontonians have also turned to public art to reflect on the tragedy: last week, an unknown artist painted the names and ages of each victim on the sidewalks in the Church-Wellesley Village.
Photo courtesy of Karen Campos Castillo.
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