New Mural at Rudee Loop to Honor Victims of May 31 Tragedy

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department and the Strategic Growth Areas Office are hosting artists Sean Coffey and John Muldoon of The Coffey Shop studios from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to create a ​mural to honor those lost in the tragedy of May 31st.

"Peace Doves" will be painted on the inner walls of The Loop at Rudee, a new community space at the Oceanfront, this week, Oct. 10-12. The space is located adjacent to 3rd Street and Atlantic Ave. The design was submitted last spring during the open call to artists and was selected as one of the finalists chosen for the outer Rudee wall mural and a runner up to Aimee Bruce's "Prismatic Play."

After hearing of the tragedy, Coffey and Muldoon reached out to the City of Virginia Beach offering to donate their mural. The original design for this project was in reaction to a similar tragedy they personally experienced last year, only three blocks from their studio at a Jewish synagogue. They understand and share the pain endured by the Virginia Beach community.

"'Peace Doves,' a play on origami birds and shadows, was created to show that communities can overcome anything if they work together, and to remind us all that there is light at the end of even the darkest tunnels," said artist Sean Coffey. "I spent a lot of my childhood summers in Virginia Beach and was heartbroken seeing the recent tragedy, and would be honored to donate something in light of the event. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire community as you endure through this struggle."


The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department strives to transforms the Virginia Beach community by supporting and providing access to quality visual, performing, and educational arts programming; managing vital cultural centers; preserving historic sites and museums; creating public art; funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists; and celebrating our multicultural heritage.  The department's vision is to promote an equitable, diverse and connected community, whose residents and visitors thrive through meaningful arts and cultural experiences throughout Virginia Beach. For more information on Cultural Affairs, visit, and for more information on the City's Public Art program, visit Follow us on Facebook at

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