Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at the dedication at Ocean View Beach Park on October 30, 2021.
Thank you to special guest speaker Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Norfolk Art Commissioner Barbara Laws, project partner, Coastal VA Plein Air and artist Eileen Gay.
Hear the dedication speeches here.
The OV Coastal VA Plein Air Public Art planning committee selected Eileen Gay to create a mosaic sculpture for Ocean View Beach Park that represents the authentic, salty integrity of OV. The artwork directly engages visitors, instilling passion and excitement and highlights Ocean View’s uniqueness, natural beauty and great beaches. The 8ft sculpture with a curved oyster shell-like exterior encases an interior porcelain and glass tile sunrise mosaic. It is contemporary, forward-thinking and embodies the meaning and history of the area. Surprise elements include stones inscribed with inspiring words chosen by the public art planning committee. Eileen also incorporated a Geocoin that can be tracked at Geochaching.com.
This is the 2nd private partnership/match project the City of Norfolk’s public art program has installed. Coastal Va. Plein Air raised half of the funds for this project and hopes to do so again in 2022 as to continue their mission to bring public art to Ocean View.