BSG Security Firm Mural Is Out Of This World

July 19, 2019

A mural celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing can be seen on the premises of the Bermuda Security Group, thanks to a project launched in partnership with the Bermuda Society of Arts and local schools.

A spokesperson said, “When the Bermuda Security Group [BSG] was founded in 1969, the world was abuzz with the breakneck pace of technology and innovation. Space exploration had captured the world’s attention when on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made the historic ‘leap for mankind’ by becoming the first man to step foot on the moon.

“Bermuda itself played a role in the transformative mission, with the NASA tracking station supporting both the launch and earth orbit phases. BSG will commemorate both anniversaries with the launch of a multi-year public art project.

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“Fast forward to 2019, in the fiftieth anniversary year of the company, BSG enjoys a brand new facility on the edge of the city directly across from the Bermuda High School for girls. As a tribute to the anniversary and as a welcome to its new neighbours, the President, Herman Tucker launched an annual public arts initiative in partnership with the Bermuda Society of Arts and local schools.

“The goal is to invite a new Pembroke-based school to create an art project on the property each year. The first project was a space-themed mural featuring an astronaut walking on the moon with the earth and Bermuda in the background. The theme connects seamlessly with the international commemoration of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

“Celebrations will continue around the world as it marks the tremendous impact of the mission to the moon on science, society and space enabled technology.

“Modern electronic security has evolved with help from space-enabled technology. Global Positioning System [GPS] in particular was developed by the US Government with advances in space research and made available to the world in 1981. The Bermuda Security Group of Companies uses GPS technology in a myriad of ways to protect its customers and their property in Bermuda and regionally.

“From Vehicle Fleet Management to Offender Monitoring Systems and Life-safety systems such as medical alert devices, GPS is a critical space-enabled technology for the business of security and beyond.”

BHS student artists Gaby Botelho, Florencia Morales, Naomi Harvey, Jess Simmons, Tamari Landy, Tamia Burgess, Jaiden Herbert, and Lily DeCouto:

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Bermuda Security Group President and Chairman, Herman Tucker said, “This initiative has launched with this exciting partnership with our closest neighbor, BHS and is the first of a series of community connections that we have planned. The timing and theme of the piece represents a brilliant intersection between our corporate anniversary and that of one of the 20th century’s most significant technological achievements.”

“Eight students from the Visual Arts Department at BHS, supported by their visual arts teacher, worked evenings and weekends to create the mural, get client approval and manage the logistics and sourcing of materials.”

BHS visual arts teacher Rachel Swinburne said, “The students have relished the opportunity to get their artwork out into the wider community. It has provided a real world practical experience which has required budgeting, planning and liaison with relevant stakeholders.”

Nzingha Ming, BSOA Gallery Director:

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Herman Tucker said, “We have made a significant investment in building this state of the art facility and it reflects our confidence in the future of Bermuda. What’s more we have been intentional in connecting our hard and soft architecture with the essence of Bermuda, our traditional architecture, our green space and with this public art initiative, our community.”

Ms. Swinburne said, “Public art brings vibrancy and creativity to overlooked spaces and invites a second glance to a familiar urban environment. Students have been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have asked them about the project during the painting phase at BSG and this has allowed for an interesting dialogue around Public Art.”

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Nzingha Ming, BSOA Gallery Director, said, “I was initially approached by BSG to work together on their public art project. After some consultation, we presented the opportunity to the students of BHS who had a specific interest in visual arts to participate.

“This was the perfect project for BSoA, as part of our ongoing efforts to assist and encourage the development of local artists as well as making the arts more accessible to the wider community. Public art is an important part of any community and the students did a tremendous job from start to finish.”

Herman Tucker, Chairman of Bermuda Security Group, and Rachel Swinburne, BHS visual arts teacher:

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Bermuda Security Group representative Richard Pitcher said, “This has been a community effort. We would like to thank our neighbor HSBC for providing us the access to use the wall we share with them and David at Pembroke Paints who believed in the project providing high quality materials at a significant discount.”

- Photos by Jayde Gibbons

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