Here’s who (and what) won the Rudee Loop mural design contest

Aimee Bruce is a Norfolk artist. Her statement: “Prismatic Play depicts a crowd of cephalopods (octopus/squid) enjoying activities one might encounter at the Oceanfront (i.e., eating pizza and ice cream, putting on sunglasses, playing with beach balls). I represented the ever-changing beach community through the adaptive color-changing octopuses. I believe there are more positive interactions to be had as the Oceanfront becomes a more diversified, better place.” (Southside Daily/courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The winning design has been chosen for the wall mural at the Oceanfront’s Rudee Loop.

“Prismatic Play” — a crowd of octopuses and squid enjoying beach activities — was 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, according to a news release from the city.

More than 4,500 people voted, and Bruce received 45 percent of the votes, according to the city.

The remaining votes were closely split by the runners up.

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, according to the city.

Project background

In April 2019, the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs announced a public call for proposals, and artists from across the country submitted designs.
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, city officials said.
Why this 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, according to the city.

The site of the new mural is adjacent to the Rudee Loop area. It 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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