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Spelling out Bermuda’s attractions

  • Wonder wall: artist Victor Ving and Dominic Corry work on the Greetings from Bermuda mural on the Dorchester House building in Hamilton, which will have different elements of the island’s culture inside the letters (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Greetings from Bermuda mural on the Dorchester House building (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Greetings from Bermuda mural on the Dorchester House building (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Greetings from Bermuda mural on the Dorchester House building (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Greetings from Bermuda mural on the Dorchester House building (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Greetings from Bermuda mural on the Dorchester House building (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A giant postcard-style mural is taking shape on the wall of a Hamilton office block.

The massive sign — with Greetings from Bermuda on it — is being painted on the side of Dorchester House on Church Street by US-based company Greetings Tour.

The mural is being created by artist Victor Ving and his photographer fiancée Lisa Beggs, helped by Dominic Corry from Britain.

The mural will have different elements of Bermuda’s culture inside the letters.

Ms Beggs said: “Whatever makes Bermuda unique, that’s what we are painting in the letters.”

She added that Bermuda’s distinctive architecture would be featured.

Ms Beggs said the team was pleased to be able to paint their first mural outside America.

She added: “It feels like a dream. It’s really amazing being here. Everyone is friendly.

“We are here just adding a little art to the city.”

Greetings Tour, owned by the couple, has created 36 murals in American 18 states.

They came to Bermuda in January, toured and took photographs in preparation for the work.

The company was hired by the Green family, owners of the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, to create the artwork.

The family are expected to make an announcement on the project later this week.

Ms Beggs said work on the mural, which started on Sunday, would be finished by the end of the week.

Greetings Tours is a nationwide mural project in the US which creates landmarks through public art.

The couple said they used classic large letter postcard styles and artwork to capture the pride of people in their hometowns and to spark the interest of visitors.

Ms Biggs said: “I am a photographer and he is an artist, so we just put our talents together and made up this project.”

She said she takes photograph of landmarks which are then incorporated into the murals.

The couple has travelled across America in their recreational vehicle to paint their murals for the past four years.

Ms Begg said: “Our goal is to paint a mural in every state in the United States.”

The couple collaborate with artists, businesses and residents in each location to create the custom murals.

Ms Begg said that after the couple completed a mural in Alaska last year, they decided to go international.