The Art World Responds to the Devastating Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Vigils are being held worldwide.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: A man touches the ground next to rainbow flags during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on June 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. 50 people were killed and 53 injured after a gunman opened fire on people in a gay nightclub in Florida. It is the deadliest mass shooting in US history. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
The Michael Fowler Centre is lit in rainbow colors by the city council during a candle lit vigil across the road at Frank Kits Park in Wellington on June 13, 2016, in remembrance of victims after a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the worst mass shooting in US history. Courtesy photographer Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images.

The Michael Fowler Centre is lit in rainbow colors by the city council during a candle lit vigil across the road at Frank Kits Park in Wellington on June 13, 2016. Courtesy photographer Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images.

The deadliest mass shooting to take place on American soil has left 50 people dead, including gunman Omar Mateen, at Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando. The world has reacted to the senseless tragedy with shock and grief, holding vigils and offering artistic tributes to the victims, many of whom were young Latinos.

Landmarks around the world, from One World Trade in New York and Los Angeles City Hall to the Story Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, and City Hall in Tel Aviv have been lit up in rainbow colors to commemorate victims of the shooting, while New York’s Empire State Building went dark “in sympathy for the victims of last night’s attack,” as announced on Twitter. The Eiffel Tower has announced plans to follow suit on June 13.

In Red Hook, Brooklyn, Pioneer Works turned its regular Second Sunday event into a last-minute benefit concert for Orlando, featuring performances from the US’s first LGBTQI choir, the Stonewall Chorale, which began in 1977 and now has 150 member choruses. They were followed by Alsarah and the Nubatones, who joined “out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers,” as they state on Second Sundays’ Facebook page.

#thestonewallcorale America's First LGBTQI Chorus #orlando

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At New York’s Japan Society, where curator Michael Chagnon was giving the final tour of “In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11,” which closed June 12, he encouraged visitors to hang a message of peace and hope on Yoko Ono‘s Wish Tree.

On social media, the hashtag #TwoMenKissing has sprung up, in defiance of the homophobia that led to the attack.

#twomenkissing #loveislove #orlando

A photo posted by danielmackinnon (@danielmackinnon) on

Artists have also rallied in support of the victims and their families, with Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik taking to the beach in his native country to create a graphic sculpture with the message “OneWorld, One Message, End Terrorism.” In West Hollywood, ChadMichael Morrisette recreated the carnage in a shocking piece titled “No One Is Safe,” covering the roof of his home with 50 mannequins.

50 DEAD PEOPLE #GunControl #orlando

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Hank Willis Thomas updated his Instagram account with an image of a work in progress titled Thirteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Twentynine, created for gun violence victims who died in the US in 2015. He appended his message with the hashtag #stopthekilling.

Elsewhere, many have gathered to mourn at candlelight vigils. “In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another,” said President Barack Obama, addressing the country from the White House. “We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united as Americans to protect our people and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.”

See more photos of the world’s response to the tragedy below.

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 12: Candles sit on the edge of Lake Eola, June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 50 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FL – JUNE 12: Candles sit on the edge of Lake Eola, June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

A musician sings and plays guitar during a vigil at the Legacy of Love statue in Dallas, Texas, on June 12, 2016, for victims of the attack at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Fifty people died when a gunman allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Florida, in the worst terror attack on US soil since September 11, 2001. / AFP / Laura Buckman (Photo credit should read LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A musician sings and plays guitar during a vigil at the Legacy of Love statue in Dallas, Texas, on June 12, 2016, for victims of the attack at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Photo by LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images.

TOPSHOT - Mourners hold an LED sign reading "Dallas To Orlando" as they march during a vigil in Dallas, Texas, on June 12, 2016, for victims of the attack at Orlando's Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Fifty people died when a gunman allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Florida, in the worst terror attack on US soil since September 11, 2001. / AFP / Laura Buckman (Photo credit should read LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Mourners hold an LED sign reading “Dallas To Orlando” as they march during a vigil in Dallas, Texas, on June 12, 2016, for victims of the attack at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Photo by LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is lit with the colours of the rainbow on June 13, 2016, in remembrance of victims after a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the worst mass shooting in modern US history. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit with the colours of the rainbow on June 13 as hundreds of Australians gathered to stand in solidarity with the global gay community after the worst mass shooting in modern US history. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is lit with the colours of the rainbow on June 13, 2016, in remembrance of victims after a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the worst mass shooting in modern US history. Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images.

HONG KONG - JUNE 13: People take part in a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 13, 2016 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The vigil is put together by Betty Grisoni co-director of Pink Dot and co-founder of local lesbian group Les Peches with Double Happiness, Les Peches, Out in HK and Pink Alliance joining in as supporting organisations. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

People take part in a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 13, 2016 in Hong Kong. The vigil is put together by Betty Grisoni co-director of Pink Dot and co-founder of local lesbian group Les Peches with Double Happiness, Les Peches, Out in HK and Pink Alliance joining in as supporting organisations. Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images.

eople gather during a vigil for the victims of a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 13, 2016 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The vigil is put together by Betty Grisoni co-director of Pink Dot and co-founder of local lesbian group Les Peches with Double Happiness, Les Peches, Out in HK and Pink Alliance joining in as supporting organisations. Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images.

People gather during a vigil for the victims of a shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 13, 2016 in Hong Kong. The vigil is put together by Betty Grisoni co-director of Pink Dot and co-founder of local lesbian group Les Peches with Double Happiness, Les Peches, Out in HK and Pink Alliance joining in as supporting organisations. Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images.

A visitor places flowers at a makeshift memorial during a vigil for victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida the previous day, in front of the United States embassy on June 13, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Fifty people were killed and at least as many injured during a Latin music event at the Pulse club in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst terror attack there since 9/11. The American-born gunman had pledged allegiance to ISIS, though officials have yet to find conclusive evidence of his having any direct connection with foreign extremists. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images.

A visitor places flowers at a makeshift memorial during a vigil for victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida the previous day, in front of the United States embassy on June 13, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images.

Members of the LGBT community light candles by the US Embassy in Bangkok on June 13, 2016 during a vigil for victims after a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the worst mass shooting in modern US history. US anti-terror strategy came under fresh scrutiny after a gunman previously cleared of jihadist ties launched a hate-fueled rampage in a Florida gay club that left 50 people dead. / AFP / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the LGBT community light candles by the US Embassy in Bangkok on June 13, 2016 during a vigil for victims after a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the worst mass shooting in modern US history. Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images.

A woman lights a candle during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, at Oxford St on June 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. 50 people were killed and 53 injured after a gunman opened fire on people in a gay nightclub in Florida. It is the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images.

A woman lights a candle during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, at Oxford St on June 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: A man touches the ground next to rainbow flags during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on June 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. 50 people were killed and 53 injured after a gunman opened fire on people in a gay nightclub in Florida. It is the deadliest mass shooting in US history. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

A man touches the ground next to rainbow flags during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on June 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images.


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