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Created in primary colours, Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) is a tribute to Keith Haring's love of the music and club culture of the 1980s. (Photograph Akil Simmons)

Artwork at a landmark former HSBC building has been replaced with a new installation as part of the transformation of the old bank into offices and shops.

Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) by pop artist Keith Haring was installed this week on the northeast corner of the new Point House on Hamilton’s Front Street.

It replaced the Bill Ming sculpture Against da Tide, which is now in the care of the Corporation of Hamilton.

The Green family, who also own the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, bought the building in 2019 with the intention of turning it into offices and retail stores.

Haring created Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) as a tribute to his love of music and club culture of the 1980s.

A spokeswoman for the Green family said the sculpture was “an incredibly vibrant and exciting piece that we believe will be an incredible feature to Front Street”.

She added: “While Haring’s pieces are simple – with a few pieces also on display at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – they are also joyful and we are pleased to be able to share such an iconic piece of artwork with the public, accessible and up close.”

Against da Tide, which was sponsored by HSBC Bermuda, was donated to the Corporation of Hamilton in 2011 and installed outside the bank offices.

The bronze sculpture depicts several men in a rowing boat and was designed as a metaphor for resilience and survival.

A spokeswoman for the Corporation of Hamilton said that Against da Tide will be reinstalled at Albuoy’s Point after its redevelopment into a Bermuda Triangle-themed area to be called Point Pleasant Park.

Created in primary colours, Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) is a tribute to Keith Haring's love of the music and club culture of the 1980s. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 17, 2021 at 7:53 am (Updated May 17, 2021 at 12:31 pm)

Dancing in the streets – sculpture installed at reborn former bank

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