Old paper hearts turn into new Pulse tribute at Orlando Science Center

An artistic tribute to Pulse victims and survivors is now installed at the entrance to a new gallery at Orlando Science Center. “Facets of Love,” a five-piece collage by Orlando artist Christy McCutchen, incorporates the colorful paper hearts folded by visitors then hung in the bridge between the museum and its parking garage after the 2016 nightclub shooting.

“To make it into something permanent, I wanted to put them together into a collage with different designs, kind of reflecting the multifaceted aspects of our community,” McCutchen said. “I like the symbolism of the collage because I think with tragedy and trauma, you have so many fractures … so many things you’re not even aware of.”

The rounded, back-lit pieces incorporate maps created by Orlando artist Nathan Selikoff. The final effect is reminiscent of stained glass or kaleidoscopes.

“The central piece has a silhouette of the I-4/408 interchange, the center heart of Orlando,” McCutchen said. Up and to the left is a circle representing the area around Camping World Stadium, then down and the right is the SoDo neighborhood, home of Pulse.

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