PHOENIX, Ariz. - On the west side of the MonOrchid building along Roosevelt Row is a mural of hundreds of ravens flying together.
“It’s my son standing on a pillar of words which is a quote from Mother Theresa and he’s pouring out birds and the birds kind of fly and flock in all directions down the wall," artist Brian Boner explained.
In flight, from brick to brick they travel with a similar purpose. At the mural is a quote from Mother Theresa:
“At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done," it reads. "We will be judged by ‘I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.’”
The mural was completed in January and is only a small part of the “I Have a Name” project started by John Linton.
Linton began taking black-and-white photos of men and women in 2007 hoping to bring a face to homelessness. Last year when he was prepping for an exhibition, he saw a message about an 18-year-old girl who died while living on the streets.
His newest project was working with Boner to complete the Roosevelt Row mural.
A candlelight vigil to honor the lives lost to homelessness will be held at the MonOrchid building on Friday.