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Jordy Walker was a key contributor to the Gold Cup’s revival and the future of Bermuda sailing.
In recognition of his legacy, OBMI welcomes the America’s Cup 2017.
for the purpose of tanning is now acceptable.
Entertainers are less formally but more colour-
fully dressed—the Talbot Brothers, of course, as
well the Gombeys, unique to Bermuda.
Naturally the mural shows key developments
to the hotel so that in wall two a formal foyer
replaces the former porch, while the addition
of a swimming pool o;ers more water activities.
And new cabanas overlooking the pool meant
a di;erent, less formal kind of accommodation.
On the le; of the second mural, the new Elbow
Beach Surf Club, built in 1951, was for many
years the headquarters of the North American
College Weeks guests. ;ey would crowd the
hotel and sometimes get up to all kinds of
mischief, such as catching a cow and keeping it
in one of the rooms, an anecdote Foster heard
from a former hotel employee and could not
resist including in the mural.
Perhaps what is particularly noticeable in his
work is Foster’s inclusion of workers, all con-
tributing to the hotel’s success. ;e farmers have
already been mentioned. ;ere’s a man digging
sand to make cement, a woman working in the
hotel receiving a ;sh, presumably to cook, a
man carrying an ice block on his back, another
whitewashing the roof of the hotel. Foster also
pays attention to the environment. In wall one,
there’s not a kiskadee in sight because that bird
was not introduced to Bermuda until 1957.
Instead, he paints a European gold;nch, a red
bird and blue bird. In the second mural, we can
see the kiskadee as well as the yellow night-
crowned herons, introduced in the early 1970s.
Now open to the public, Foster’s mural will
be an invaluable visual resource for history
bu;s, teachers and students who will be able to
see a thousand historical details come to life in
these two spaces.
vintage postcard of
Elbow Beach hotel