7/7 one year later: Using art to heal after tragedy

Panels being painted by public to honor officers

Vincent Van Gogh once said, "Art is to console those who are broken by life," so it's no wonder that communities produce visual, beautiful pieces whenever tragedy strikes.

After July 7, several murals popped up around the city of Dallas, including one near Fair Park that depicts the "Back the Blue" flag and five blue chairs on the roof of the building above -- honoring the five officers killed that fateful night in an ambush-style attack in downtown Dallas.

In our own WFAA studio, we had artist Chris Campbell create something for Dallas, to help the city heal, and honor the officers.

We streamed Chris creating his masterpiece for 53 hours. The beautiful painting -- the Dallas skyline with the words "Stand United" in the sky above -- is now hanging in our station. It's an homage to the sacrifices of those officers and first responders, and a reminder that Dallas is a city that will heal.

One year later, we're turning to art once again. During News 8 Daybreak Friday morning, there is a community-involved painting project outside our studios at Victory Park. The public is invited to help out between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will also be a live stream of the painting project on WFAA.com and on our Facebook page.

  • Go here to watch the stream

The paintings will be auctioned off at the Law Enforcement Gala to raise money for the families of the fallen officers.

We would also love for your kids to participate by creating art for law enforcement officers.

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