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A new sculpture by artist Bill Ming will be unveiled on Front Street today.

‘Against Da Tide' was commissioned by HSBC Bermuda, and will sit in front of the bank's Front Street headquarters at Albuoy's Point.

The sculpture was commissioned to meet Planning Department requirements that buildings feature public art.

A committee was then formed to select works, with Mr Ming the first artist selected.

“We are very pleased that a Bermudian has been selected and more importantly a Bermudian of Bill's talent now has another opportunity to share another of his creations with us,” said Bank CEO Philip Butterfield.

“My view is the message that is inherent in the work of art... has personal interpretation for many people and [is] a meaningful commentary on our current state of play in that survival is probably going to come with decisions that are against the tide.

“So I think it is a timely message and I hope it is going to be well received.”

An exhibit of Mr Ming's work is now on at HSBC's Harbourview offices.

“We thought that it would be great for people to experience his work in the larger context,” said Mr Butterfield.

“It is all about education, information sharing and opening people's horizons and continuously finding venues for Bermuda's talent to be visited, understood and showcased.”

Mr Ming, who was living in the UK, said his selection came out of the blue.

“I am excited and I'm still excited. When it is unveiled you will see it's a love thing.

“It starts with the people here, my memories, the slaves, the pioneers.

“And it says a lot of things on a lot of levels about how we need to hold steady. Times are going to be tough, like in Japan and if we hold steady we can do it.”

The unveiling takes place at 4pm at HSBC Bermuda's Albuoy's Point head offices.

Photo by Tamell Simons Artist Bill Ming gives Bank of Bermuda CEO Philip Butterfield a up close look at some of his artwork located in the new HSBC Harbourview branch on Front Street.
Sculpture Bill Ming talks to Bank of Bermuda CEO Philip Butterfield about his work which will be on display in the new HSBC Harbourview branch on Front Street.

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Published March 29, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 29, 2011 at 9:48 am)

Bill Ming sculpture to be unveiled today

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