Rudee Loop needs a mural makeover. Here’s how you can participate

VIRGINIA BEACH — The city’s Office of Cultural Affairs needs people to help choose a mural design that will give an old wall at Rudee Loop an artistic makeover.

Back in April 2019 the office sent out a call for proposals and they’ve narrowed it down to four finalists, officials said in a news release.

The artists were instructed to appeal to a mass audience while creating a unique sense of place with drive-by and “selfie” appeal, officials said.

The Public Art Selection Committee members have asked the public to help choose which artist will design the mural.

To vote, click here.

The polls are open through May 27.

The location

The office of cultural affairs shared some information about where the mural will be placed to give voters more clarity on what the space represents to the public.

Rudee Loop has long been a busy hub for everything from fishing charters and Jet Ski rentals to parasailing and waterside dining, officials said.

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 on the outside walls that surround the lot of the old Oceanside Inn, a once-popular hotel that was demolished in 2017.

“This project provides another great opportunity for members of the community to get involved and help us select new artwork for the City,” said Nina Goodale, Cultural Arts coordinator.

“Public art creates a sense of connection to location and community, and is an economic driver for our region. Rudee Loop is quickly becoming a welcoming gathering spot for residents and visitors all year long,” Goodale said.

The artists

The artists chosen for the project come from Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Boulder and even as far as Turin, Italy.

Check out this slideshow of their artist proposals and mural designs.

The public vote will remain open through May 27.

Follow Virginia Beach Arts on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram for the voting results.

Winner will be announced on May 28. The mural will be painted in June 2019.

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