Mount Trashmore Mural Winning Design Announced

Thursday, March 08, 2018

The public survey results have come in! More than 7,000 votes were cast and "Helping Hands" by Aimee Bruce is the winner. Bruce's design received more than 50 percent of the votes, along with overwhelming positive feedback and public support.

Artists from the Hampton Roads area were challenged to transform the iconic Mount Trashmore steps from a functional staircase into a fun and lively public work of art. The City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, sought out local artists to propose art concepts for a temporary painted mural on the stairwell next to Kids Cove. Submissions for the Mount Trashmore Stair murals came in, and the public voted for their favorite design.

We look forward seeing Aimee Bruce's work added to the artistic landscape of Virginia Beach. The mural will be installed at the end of March 2018.

About the Artist:

Aimee Bruce graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in drawing and design in 2016. She currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where she works as a freelance artist and muralist. Bruce is known to work with varying forms of mixed media while exploring topics ranging from the aesthetically pleasing to the politically playful. 

Artist Statement:

"My concept behind this design references Michelangelo's Creation of Adam visually, however, I wanted to focus on the hands themselves. I believe the community as a whole tries to interact and connect with each other to establish a stronger bond between people of all races, religions, genders, etc. When I think of Mount Trashmore, I think of the people and positive encounters I have experienced there."

​About The Office of Cultural Affairs

The role of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts in Virginia Beach, assist and direct the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinate the city's Public Art Program, provide contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serve as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serve as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.