Rudee Loop Mural Design Votes Are In, Colorful Octopuses Win!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Voting for the wall mural at the Oceanfront’s Rudee Loop concluded May 27th, and the winning design is “Prismatic Play” – a crowd of octopuses and squid enjoying beach activities submitted by Norfolk artist, Aimee Bruce. 

Bruce’s “Prismatic Play” was one of four designs that made the cut by the Public Art Selection Committee to move onto the online public vote which took place May 17 to May 27, 2019. Over 4,500 people voted, and Bruce received 45% of the votes. The remaining votes were closely split by the runners up.

You may recognize the name of the winning artist. Aimee Bruce is the talent behind Princess Anne Recreation Center’s new mural, and the colorful stairway mural at Mount Trashmore, “Helping Hands.” Both projects were awarded through an online public vote.

​Project Background: In April 2019, the City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs announced a public call for proposals, and artists from across the country submitted designs. With a difficult decision on their hands, Public Art Selection Committee members narrowed down the artists to four finalists, and the public was asked to vote for their favorite design through an online public survey. 
​Location: Rudee Loop has long been a busy hub for everything from fishing charters and jet ski rentals to parasailing and waterside dining. It became increasingly pedestrian-friendly with the addition of Rudee Walk in 2014, a pathway that connects to the southern-most end of the Boardwalk. 

The site of the new mural is adjacent to the Rudee Loop area, which has a highly visible walk/bike path and serves as a welcoming space for visitors, residents and families. The murals will be created this summer on the outside walls that surround the lot of the old Oceanside Inn, a hotel that was demolished in 2017. 

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​ABOUT THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH’S 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.

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