’Longevity and loyalty’: Artists honor George Floyd with mural in Minneapolis

’Longevity and loyalty’: Artists honor George Floyd with mural in Minneapolis
Malaysia Hammond, 19, places flowers at a memorial mural for George Floyd at the corner of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Source: John Minchillo)

(CBS News) - Steps from the very spot George Floyd took his last breath in Minneapolis, a mural has become a place to gather and to mourn. Last week, Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera and a small group of artists completed the portrait in less than a day.

"Why did you feel so strongly about creating this mural?" CBS News asked.

"I was incredibly angry that I was watching another man die at the hands of law enforcement. We've seen this so many times. We needed to take action," Herrera said.

“And particularly now, we feel like the entire country and world is screaming for justice, and this is our way of screaming as well,” Goldman said of the mural, which stands 20-feet wide and 6 1/2 feet high.

A sunflower surrounds Floyd's face. Look closely and you'll see the names of others, like Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray and Philando Castile.

"Why did you want to create the sunflower around George Floyd?" CBS News asked.

"The sunflower represents longevity and loyalty. The names inside the flower represent the seeds that were never able to grow into fully developed flowers," Herrera said.

You'll find murals for George Floyd as far as Los Angeles, England and even Syria, but this one in Minneapolis has become a beacon for healing.

“I wanted to create something that would help me heal personally and not realizing that through this, it would help the community heal as well,” Herrera said.