Bayside Recreation Center

Artist: Navid Rahman

Material Used: Enamel Paint

Location: 4500 First Ct Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

In January 2019, The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department and Parks & Recreation sought out local artists to propose painted mural concepts for Bayside, Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers. The proposals were narrowed down to five finalists, and the public was asked to vote for their favorite mural. Over 2,800 people voted online, and the three artists with the most votes were Rosemarie Spracklin, Aimee Bruce, and Navid Rahman. Navid Rahman painted his mural at Bayside Recreation Center.

"My mural represents the flow of guests visiting the recreation center — giving it a whimsical walkthrough. The colors mimic the reflection of the pool found across from the lobby. I kept the image connected to the area and the community this recreation center serves without using any particular person(s). As a past member of the Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, I have fond memories of coming to the center specifically to use the basketball court and to swim in the pool with a diverse group of neighborhood kids.” said Navid.

About the Artist

Navid Rahman is a Norfolk, VA illustrator with murals in Norfolk and Richmond. Recent exhibitions include the NEON Festival, Norfolk Emerging Leaders, and the All in Group Show at Fortune Teller in Richmond