Muralist Tansy Maki hopes her newest artwork featuring iconic Caymanian sights gives tourists and residents a sense of gratitude for visiting or living in such a beautiful place.
The mural, at the entrance to the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, was unveiled in a ceremony on Monday afternoon. Joining Ms. Maki were dozens of guests, along with Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration, Tourism and Transport, Moses Kirkconnell, Deputy Director of the Port Authority Clement Reid and Director of Tourism Rosa Harris.
The mural was three weeks in the works, and Ms. Maki said she fought through 10 straight days of rain and wind to finish the painting, which was commissioned by the Cayman Islands Port Authority.
“I drew on my passion and love for the nature and wildlife of Cayman. It’s special to me to be able to do something that’s symbolic of Cayman,” Ms. Maki said. “Hopefully it will inspire people to come back. The Cayman Islands was my inspiration.”
Ms. Maki runs MindsEye Art Ltd. and has created murals for The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Luca restaurant and private residences.
The mural for the Port Authority does not have a name, but Ms. Maki calls it “Natural Cayman.” Made with sealed and protected acrylic paint, she expects that it will last for more than 10 years with upkeep and maintenance.
The mural is heavy in Cayman symbolism.
The Wild Banana Orchid, Cayman’s national flower, is depicted, as is the Cayman parrot. “Both of which can be seen whilst hiking the Mastic trail, a favorite pastime of mine for the 16 years I have lived and worked here,” the artist said.
“The conch shell is recognized and associated with the ways conch has been used in traditional Caymanian dishes for generations.
“The blue iguana is endemic to Cayman and is represented to remind us how unique and special Cayman is, and hopefully encourages locals and tourists to head out to Queen Elizabeth Botanical Park and volunteer with the Blue Iguana Program that is run there, and explore the beautiful gardens.
“The green sea turtle is seen as a symbol of old-time Cayman traditions, and also represents the diverse marine life that can be seen snorkeling and diving here, or out at the Turtle Farm.”
Mr. Kirkconnell said the mural’s imagery is something very special that tourists will be able to take home.
“It was only a blank wall, but now it’s a symbol of Grand Cayman,” he said.
Ms. Maki added, “Upon completion, my thoughts were of gratitude and appreciation to live and work in such a beautiful place, and a feeling of pride to have been given the task of capturing some of the islands’ beauty with my art work.”