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Dwayne Caines, the chief executive officer of the City of Hamilton (left) presents a $3,000 award to Keeon Minors, who appeared online with the help of his brother Korie (Photograph supplied)

A graphic designer won $3,000 in a City of Hamilton sign design competition.

Keeon Minors, the founder of web graphics agency Lead x Design, will also have his submission installed in the city after it came top out of 60 entries.

Dwayne Caines, the chief executive officer and city secretary for the City of Hamilton, said: “I want to congratulate Keeon on his impressive design – it is exceptionally engaging and conceptually very creative.

“I am excited to see the design come to life and I’m sure it will be a strong complement to the existing national identity of Bermuda.”

Mr Minors, who is in Panama at present, appeared at the ceremony on the steps of Hamilton City Hall on media site Zoom and his brother Korie accepted the award on his behalf.

The contest, launched in March, was part of the Vivid: Public Art Initiative and asked members of the public to design a free-standing “Bermuda” landmark.

Participants were asked to include the heritage of Hamilton in their designs and highlight Bermudian culture.

The submissions were reviewed by a selection committee made up of representatives of the City of Hamilton and art experts.

A spokeswoman for the City of Hamilton said that Mr Minors’ design was selected for its celebration of the island’s flowers, animals and architecture.

Dwayne Caines and members of the Bermuda Marquee Sign Selection Committee hand over a cheque for $3,000 for Keeon Minors’ winning design (Photograph supplied)

Jessica Astwood, the city’s director of marketing and communication, added: “Keeon’s design was chosen because his submission really spoke to the intent of the installation – to inspire engagement with the local community and visitors to the island and to enhance the surrounding city environment.

“With this project, we wanted to create an iconic sign that people would be drawn to and want to engage with – one that would also celebrate the local arts community and Bermudian culture – and we feel that Keeon’s design will do just that.”

She said: “The calibre of entries was extremely impressive, as was the sheer number of the entries.

“The contest was open to anyone and everyone in the community, so we had entries from people of various creative backgrounds – graphic designers, students, artists and just everyday people passionate about the idea and giving Bermuda an iconic public art installation.”

The City of Hamilton will work with Mr Minors to turn his design into a sign expected to be about six feet tall and 35ft long.

The site for the sign is expected to be announced later.

Dwayne Caines and members of the Bermuda Marquee Sign Selection Committee hand over a cheque for Keeon Minors for his winning entry in a sign competition to his brother, Korie (Photograph supplied)

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Published May 20, 2021 at 7:37 am (Updated May 20, 2021 at 7:37 am)

Sign of the times: graphic artist picks up prize for design

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