DALLAS (1080 KRLD) – Nearly a week after the terrorist attack in Paris, a Dallas artist is honoring the victims with his work.READ MORE: Extreme Heat Doesn't Stop Panther Island Pavilion From Hosting First Outdoor Concert In Over A Year
On the roof of a parking garage across from the W Residences in Victory Plaza, you’ll see Tanner Lawley’s tribute.
His display “Unified We Stand” is a 76 foot tall Eiffel Tower, created with paintings of all 50 states.
“After the events last Friday night, I just had this vision of putting this together,” Lawley says.
The states themselves were painted several years ago, each on a separate 4×4 canvas. Lawley painted them in the order they became states, starting with Delaware and ending with Hawaii.
“They usually form the American flag,” Lawley says. “They’re moveable so I can create any display.”READ MORE: Arrest Made After Man Found Dead In Dallas Construction Site, Police Say
Lawley was at his gallery opening at Plano’s Shops at Willow Bend when his wife told him about the attacks. That very evening in front of a crowd, he painted an Eiffel Tower with a heart, but wanted to do more.
“I was keeping those state paintings in a closet for years,” Lawley says. “After Friday I had that gut feeling. And that’s a feeling I’ve learned to trust.”
Lawley tried displaying his Eiffel Tower in AT&T Plaza and Klyde Warren Park, but was told he’d have to pay between $2,000 and $8,000 to display it at either of those places.
“I decided paying $5 to get in the garage and lay it out there was a better deal,” says Lawley. “And it’s not really in the way of anybody who may park there.”
Lawley may change his display from the Eiffel Tower to the Eiffel Tower peace sign everyone now associates with the Paris attack. Either way, his art will stay on the roof for awhile.
“I just tried to put myself in those people’s shoes and send them my love,” he says. “With all the hate in the world today,MORE NEWS: United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas Fights Pandemic-Related Learning Loss
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