‘Greetings From Bermuda’ Art Mural Unveiled

April 22, 2019

A new mural in Hamilton that celebrates Bermuda has been unveiled on Church Street.

The mural, which has been painted on the side of the Dorchester building, was commissioned by the Green family. It evokes a vintage postcard, featuring Bermudian landmarks and symbols, such as a longtail, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club moongate and Tobacco Bay.

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The piece was created by the Greetings Tour team of Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs, an engaged couple from New York City.

Their series of retro, postcard-style murals have been popular on social media following since its inception in 2014, proving a hit with visitors and locals alike across the United States.

To date, they have completed 35 murals across 18 states with this being their first overseas project. Previous destinations celebrated include Alaska, Hawaii, New Orleans and Seattle.

Princess General Manager Tim Morrison with Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs of Greetings Tour

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The artists used colours found throughout Bermuda, in particular on Bermuda’s homes, to inspire their pastel colour palate for the piece.

The mural is approximately 35 feet long and 25 feet high, beginning 14 feet off the ground and is painted with acrylics which will hold up to Bermuda’s climate and will get better with age, in the style of a vintage postcard.

A smaller version of the piece is at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, on the wall at the hotel’s selfie hotspot in the courtyard, known as #poseonpink. This will enable guests to take an up close photo souvenir for use on social media.

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club arranged for five students from Dellwood Middle School’s Design Group to meet with the artists and ask questions. From left to right they are Fabiola Adams, Keimani Trott, Sophia Card, Chelsea Almeida and Kenya Smith-Woodley.

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Alexander Green said: “We’re so pleased to unveil this incredible mural by Greetings Tour which is a fun and modern celebration of Bermuda. It’s in the perfect spot to draw people’s eye and adds a great pop of colour to the neighbourhood. This comes as part of our commitment to the arts, and we hope that the public enjoys it.”

Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs, the artists, said: “We are so excited to have completed our first overseas mural in beautiful Bermuda. We have been inspired by the locals, their friendliness and their laidback charm. Even while painting the mural in the sun, we’ve been struck by the beauty and tranquillity of Bermuda and we hope that the public agrees that the mural captures the island’s spirit.”

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Tim Morrison, General Manager of Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, said: “We’re thrilled to have such a striking piece of art celebrating Bermuda so close to the hotel and to be hosting a smaller version at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for our guests.

“We think that it offers a great photo opportunity for guests and locals alike and will be a hit on social media, providing a perfect memento of visitors’ time in Bermuda.”

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  1. sage says:

    Why were local artists not used?

    • Question says:

      Maybe a similar reason that a local artist was not used for the Dame LBE statue?

  2. St.George's Passport and Immigration Control says:

    the old style Bermuda Postcards were beautifully made and command good money in the Collectors world, unlike the trash they produce these days.

  3. Clint says:

    Looks great- but what an obvious opportunity missed to showcase local artist’s work!! Why are we flying in foreigners to paint Bermuda??? The Green family’s contributions to Bermuda are unquestionable, but this is somewhat disappointing…

    • Question says:

      A bit like paying a foreign academic to research Mary Prince.

  4. Micro says:

    I’m sure there’s something more Bermudian than that phone booth.

    • Clint says:

      Makes you wonder if anyone actually approved the design before it was painted…??

    • 2 Bermudas says:

      Go round to Robin Hood and take a look. Numpty.

      • Juicy says:

        Go to Robin Hood for what? The phone booth?

        I don’t think ANYONE would consider a phone booth to have ANY connection to Bermudian culture LMAO…

    • PBanks says:

      Some on this forum would say that the phone booth represents that ol’ British charm and yadda yadda yadda.

  5. Dis bie says:

    Man people really do find any reason to hate and be negative. Like seriously? Jusy enjoy it. Focus your time on positive things instead . Its ridiculous

    • Juicy says:

      Positive things like supporting local artists you mean lol…Local artists that are perfectly capable of painting that same picture…

      • PBanks says:

        I agree, but it was the owners’ decision to do this. Meanwhile we should lobby our govt, CoH, etc., to continue commissioning and supporting local artists to produce work across the island.

      • Anbu says:

        Protest then……..oh wait. Wrong people in charge for that.

  6. Confgats says:

    Well done. It is so beautiful.

  7. Well done says:

    I love it. Congrats.

  8. Lesley says:

    It’s painted well… BUT. The artists attempt at capturing “spirit of Bermuda” in this painting has completely missed the mark. Spirit represents life, and there are no people in the painting. “…a fun and modern celebration of Bermuda”. I’m also missing where the fun and modern is (especially as it’s executed in a retro style… duh). I do get the concept of a greeting card hence ‘visitors’ commissioned to paint it makes sense, however, from a public relations; kind of a hard blow to local artists and a poor decision imho.