When something horrific happens -- such as the attack on October 29, 2020 at the Notre-Dame de Nice Basilica, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss as to what we can do. As an American living in Nice, I was horrified and heartbroken at the events happening in my adopted city -- at a location I pass multiple times a week. In fact, that morning my boyfriend was sent home from work early. He then decided to go shopping nearby at the Nice Etoile for some last things before confinement. Since he had some time before the shops opened, he told me that he had thought about stopping at the church to light a candle. Thankfully he stopped in Libération for a tea instead, which meant he passed the area just after the attack, but he was close enough to get caught up in the police cordons.
The past few days have seen a ton of emotions for Nice, as well as the nation of France. I can't do much, but I wanted to put my emotions into something positive. Sometimes after attacks or tragedies, we see artwork shared via social media, but it usually has blood or some other symbology that references what happened -- and this is totally appropriate.
However, with this artwork, I wanted to create something beautiful that might bring peace and remembrance. Remembrance for the 3 dear souls who lost their lives at a place where they went for peace. I wanted to make something my fellow Niçoise could have in their home, to remember their dear Basilica -- and make sure that the names of Nadine Devillers, Vincent Loquès, and Simone Barreto-Silva are never forgotten.
This artwork can be downloaded here for free for personal use. It's my hope that it can bring a moment of beauty or peace to someone's life, especially here in my wonderful adopted city of Nice. If you want to share it online, you can tag me via facebook, twitter, instagram, and youtube. If you have any questions, you can send me an email HERE. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you enjoy the artwork! xx Jessica