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A new interactive mural was unveiled in Hamilton today as part of a bid to beautify the city.

The mural of a sailboat at sunset by Bermudian artist Katie Ewles was designed to encourage the public to pose with it as if they were blowing the boat forward.

Ms Ewles said: “We really wanted to find a way for the community to interact more with the artwork, so people can photograph it and pose with it and really take themselves into the artwork.”

The Baltimore-based artist and musician, who has worked with the Corporation of Hamilton on a mural on the border wall of Par la Ville car park, said she enjoyed working on public art.

Ms Ewles said: “It is such a unique experience to do something like this. It’s so much fun being in the park and getting to interact with so many different types of people who come through.”

“It has been exciting to see how many people have shown interest and really engaged in the process.

“So many people have come up and said they wanted a bird or a whale – it has been a lot of fun and people have really participated from the jump.”

She added that she was pleased by the city’s commitment to public art.

Ms Ewles said: “It’s so great to walk around the city and see art popping up everywhere and it’s great to be a part of it.”

Charles Gosling, the Mayor of Hamilton, said at the unveiling that Ms Ewles’ work was a “beautiful image of Bermuda” that would make the city a more vibrant place.

The latest artwork followed the unveiling earlier this month of two murals produced as part of the Peaceful Art Protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The murals were the result of a collaboration between the Bermuda National Gallery and the Corporation’s Vivid public art scheme.

Blowing up a storm: Artist Katie Ewles poses with her mural (Photograph supplied)
Picture perfect: From left, Dwayne Caines, the City of Hamilton chief operating officer, Charles Gosling, the Mayor of Hamilton, Katie Ewles, the artist and RoseAnn Edwards and Jenefer Brimmer, City of Hamilton councillors. (Photograph supplied)

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Published January 19, 2021 at 2:05 pm (Updated January 19, 2021 at 2:06 pm)

Sunset sailboat mural unveiled at city park

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