Downtown Phoenix mural pays tribute to homeless lives lost

- A new mural paying tribute to homeless people who have died on Valley streets has been dedicated in downtown phoenix.

It's called the I Have a Name Mural.

It's displayed on the wall of The MonOrchid, at 2nd and Roosevelt Streets.

The artwork is designed to shed light on those who have died in Phoenix while homeless.

"It exemplifies passion, love and hope for the future. And that's a great message, said Wayne Rainey, owner of The MonOrchid.

The mural was designed by artist Brian Boner.

Its purpose is "to remember folks that have passed away and perished on our streets," said Jon Linton, of the I Have a Name Project.

As many as 22,000 people live on the streets in Arizona.

"Just under the shadow of this mural, frankly, we find a lot of people sleeping here in the morning," Linton said.

A stark reminder of the importance of compassion.

It's been his group's mission for nearly a decade.

"We started the I Have a Name Project in 2007 as an art advocacy campaign, to bring compassion to folks living on the street," Linton said.

The mural shows a boy pouring out water and the liquid becomes a flock of birds.

"It includes a quote from Mother Teresa, saying life is not about diplomas or money, but about how we helped those in need," Linton said.

"We're really proud to have an artist with his talent work on a project like this," Rainey said.

A way to make sure that every life that's lost is not forgotten.

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