A design of a mural planned to inspire the community and honor the lives lost in the Oregon District mass shooting has been revealed, and it will “bring some lovin’.”
A press release announcing the mural designed by and to be painted by artists Atalie Gagnet and Tiffany Clark above the Blind Bob’s patio, 430 E. Fifth St., promotes love in the face of hate, according to a press release.
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It was inspired by John Legend’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” at Blind Bob’s in a special private performance.
The singer visited the historic neighborhood a week after a gunman murdered nine and caused more than 40 to be injured in the worst mass shooting in Ohio’s history on Aug. 4.
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The song’s lyric lyrics, “bring some lovin’ here today” are to be highlighted in the work to be complete in May.
Zack Sliver — a local musician who, like many, had friends in the Oregon District the morning of the shooting — spearheaded the project.
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The wall of an Oregon District bar near the epicenter of the Aug. 4 mass shooting will be transformed to inspire the community and honor the lives lost.
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Zack Sliver — a local musician who, like many, had friends in the Oregon District the morning of the shooting that left 10 dead and more than 40 others injured — said a GoFundMe campaign for the mural project generated $6,200 for the mural to be painted on the patio wall of Blind Bob's Bar at 430 E. Fifth St.
“We wanted to honor those that we lost while rallying around the people who supported the community,” he said. “We created a concept to inspire hope.”
Sliver hopes to present the design to Dayton’s Landmarks Commission in March.
“We are going to be doing the mural in May,” he said. “It (the design) is going to be a surprise. We are trying to unveil it as we are painting.”
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The public will be invited to watch the project take shape.
Bellbrook resident Connor Betts shot and killed nine — Derrick Fudge; Lois Oglesby; Saeed Saleh; Logan Turner; Nicholas Cumer; Thomas McNichols; Beatrice Warren-Curtis; Monica Brickhouse; and his sister Megan Betts — with a pistol modified to act as a rifle near Blind Bob's just after 1 a.m. on Aug. 4.
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Sliver said the mural's design, the result of a collaboration between Dayton artists Atalie Gagnet and Tiffany Clark, will not include images of the victims themselves.
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“We are keeping the design under wraps, but I can tell you that people will love it,” Sliver said. “They did a phenomenal job and I am honored to have worked with these artists.”
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