“Helping Hands,” by Aimee Bruce, is the winning design for the middle staircase at Mount Trashmore and will be installed at the end of the month.
Artists from the Hampton Roads area were recently challenged to transform one of Mount Trashmore's flight of steps from a functional staircase into a fun and lively public work of art.
The Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, sought out local artists to propose art concepts for a temporary painted mural on the stairwell next to Kids Cove. Submissions for the Mount Trashmore Stair murals came in and the public voted for their favorite design.
About the Artist: Aimee Bruce graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in drawing and design in 2016. She currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where she works as a freelance artist and muralist. Bruce is known to work with varying forms of mixed media while exploring topics ranging from the aesthetically pleasing to the politically playful.
Artist Statement: “My concept behind this design references Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam visually, however, I wanted to focus on the hands themselves. I believe the community as a whole tries to interact and connect with each other to establish a stronger bond between people of all races, religions, genders, etc. When I think of Mount Trashmore, I think of the people and positive encounters I have experienced there.”