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Osceola County unveils Pulse Tribute Concept by Renowned Artist JEFRË

“Wings of the Rainbow,” a public art tribute to those impacted by the Pulse tragedy, is coming soon to Brownie Wise Park in Osceola County.

Osceola County unveils Pulse Tribute Concept by Renowned Artist JEFRË

In a poignant tribute to the 49 lives lost in the Pulse Nightclub tragedy, world-renowned artist JEFRË, in collaboration with the Osceola County Board of County Commission Chair Cheryl Grieb, unveiled conceptual illustrations for “Wings of the Rainbow.” This powerful sculpture, set to be located in Brownie Wise Park on beautiful Lake Tohopekaliga, stands as a symbol of remembrance, diversity, and hope.

The centerpiece of this moving artwork is 49 angel wings, intricately designed and radiating the vibrant colors of the rainbow. Each wing symbolizes the unique and beautiful lives of the victims, embodying their spirit and the light they brought into the world. The rainbow hues reflect the diversity and unity of the LGBTQ+ community, celebrating the beauty of differences coming together in harmony.

“I was asked by several of the victims’ families to have a special place here in Osceola County that they can go and pay respects to their loved ones that were lost in the Pulse tragedy. I’m excited that JEFRË is working with the county to achieve this goal,” said Osceola County Commission Chair Cheryl Grieb. “I look forward next steps in completing this beautiful tribute that will allow our community to reflect and heal.”

Even though the shootings happened in Orlando, Osceola County has a deep connection to Pulse. More than 20 percent of the 49 who died called Osceola home. That connection also includes survivors of the tragedy, as well as family and friends of those impacted. County Commissioners have been deeply involved in aiding the Osceola community from day one, establishing counseling, financial assistance, and other support.

JEFRË’s concept revealed Wednesday features wings rainbow glass where the names of the fallen angels are embedded, ensuring that each individual is forever remembered and honored. This personal touch makes the sculpture not only a visual masterpiece but also a profound tribute.

“JEFRË’s creation is more than just an artwork; it is a testament to the power of love and resilience,” Grieb said, adding, “’Wings of the Rainbow’ ensures that the memories of these individuals continue to shine brightly, standing as a reminder of the strength found in unity, diversity, and remembrance.”

“Creating 'Wings of the Rainbow' has been a deeply emotional and fulfilling journey. I hope this tribute not only honors the lives we lost but also serves as a beacon of hope and unity for the community. I’m honored to create a tribute that celebrates the lives that were lost on that horrific day and to be located in a passive, tranquil space that is removed from the tragic events of that night, a place of healing and spirituality,” said JEFRË.

Osceola County unveils Pulse Tribute Concept by Renowned Artist JEFRË

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