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PHOTOS: Rudee Loop Wall Murals
Aimee Bruce (Norfolk, VA)
Artist's statement: “Prismatic Play depicts a crowd of cephalopods (octopus/squid) enjoying activities one might encounter at the Oceanfront (ie. eating pizza and ice cream, putting on sunglasses, playing with beach balls). I represented the ever-changing beach community through the adaptive color-changing octopuses. I believe there are more positive interactions to be had as the Oceanfront becomes a more diversified, better place.”
Sean Coffey / John Muldoon (Pittsburgh, PA)
Artist's statement: “The proposed mural would feature birds against a vibrant background. Doves are a universal symbol of peace and love, while hummingbirds are one of the strongest and most resilient species of bird. These two birds highlight that in order for a community to thrive, you must have diversity in strengths and character. If we all contribute the best of ourselves to the places we call home, then home becomes a better place.”
Christopher Warren (Boulder, Colorado)
Artist's statement: “My proposed image, You Are Here, Virginia Beach, is a re-interpretation of the topography of Virginia Beach itself, with a You Are Here pin marking the location of the mural in the map. Virginia Beach’s history has been shaped by its natural surroundings, and the town has, in turn, shaped the land, forming roads, canals, and piers within the landscape. The map is rendered in seaside hues of blue and tan, providing a bright splash of color. My art piece creates a very unique sense of place, given that the bands of color come from the town itself, and it creates not just a lively image, but also a place marker for the art piece in Virginia Beach as a whole.”
Pepe Gaka (Turin, Italy)
Artist's statement: “My motto, when creating a design, is ‘the simplest is not always the best, yet the best is always simple.’ The idea is to have a wall of positive words that people will both appreciate and want to have their own photo taken next to. Each will have a different style and background, to make the whole composition more dynamic. Passersby will be able to send photos of the words to friends, as an encouragement, or to have their own photo taken next to the word, and then shared on social media.”