Solar-powered lighting installed on Pulse mural


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Solar powered lights now keep this mural on Mills Avenue illuminated throughout the night. PHOTO COURTESY OF IDEAS FOR US

Solar powered lights now keep this mural on Mills Avenue illuminated throughout the night. PHOTO COURTESY OF IDEAS FOR US

A set of LED lights illuminate a sprawling Pulse-memorializing mural on the side of Lamp & Shade Fair on Mills Avenue. That’s thanks to IDEAS For Us, an Orlando-based, grassroots non-profit organization an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), and its joint work with City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, L.E. Rigby Innovations and Silver Sun, LLC.

Luna Mosaic Arts owner and artist Cherie Bosela and Jennifer Kuhn used pieces sent to them from other artists from around the world. Their work can now be seen no matter the time of day. The Diversity Mural, commemorating the PULSE shooting on June 12, 2016, now has six LED lights that will last eight hours into the night.

Additionally, 16 volunteers received hands-on training in the solar-energy industry. Those volunteers also received a one-on-one learning experience on local-government efforts accelerating renewable energy, how energy plays a critical role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the City of Orlando Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan.

“When we originally thought of a solar project to illuminate the Diversity Mural, I never realized what a great educational experience it would be,” Sheehan said. “By teaching students the science of solar power, we put technology and creativity together in a powerful way.” Commissioner Sheehan said.

For more information or to donate visit www.ideasforus.org.

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