Olympic gold winner Dame Flora’s mural dedicated at Hamilton GPO
A mural designed to highlight the achievements of Olympic gold winner Dame Flora Duffy was officially unveiled yesterday.
Charles and Maria Duffy, Dame Flora’s parents, attended as the completed mural on the front of General Post Office in Hamilton was dedicated.
Mr Duffy read out a message from the superstar triathlete.
She said: “I wish I was there to join you today. I am currently in South Africa training for the season ahead.
“The mural is absolutely stunning and Shanna and Kendra have done an amazing job.
“It’s been so inspiring to follow two women bring to life this piece of art for all to enjoy.
“I can’t wait to see it in person when I am next at home.
“My hope is that it will serve as both a glimpse of Bermuda’s creative talents and what is possible for all Bermudians to pursue and fulfil big dreams.”
The mural, Unfolding Flora Duffy, is part of a string of events designed to mark the athlete’s historic accomplishments.
It was created by Kendra Earls and Shanna Hollis, who were chosen out of 11 artists who submitted ideas for the project.
Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, praised the artwork and the vision of its creators.
Dr Peets said: “Over the course of four months, Kendra and Shanna have created a vibrant, interactive, inspiring and thought-provoking mural that celebrates the various stages of Flora’s journey to success.
“A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to have an up-close look at the mural and, needless to say, we are thrilled with the finished product.”
Dr Peets added: “The Flora Duffy mural is also important because it’s in keeping with the Department of Culture’s art in, and on, public buildings programme.
“So we are very pleased that this artistic display will be a lasting testament to this ministry’s commitment to raising awareness of the amazing talent of our local artists.”
He told the artists: “Thank you for your vision and your enthusiasm in undertaking this national project.”
Dr Peets also presented Mr and Mrs Duffy with a smaller version of the mural.
Dame Flora is expected to return to the island this year.