When the Bermuda Security Group [BSG] was founded in 1969, the world was abuzz with the breakneck pace of technology and innovation. Space exploration had captured the world’s attention when on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made the historic ‘leap for mankind’ by becoming the first man to step foot on the moon.
Bermuda itself played a role in the transformative mission, with the NASA tracking station supporting both the launch and earth orbit phases. BSG will commemorate both anniversaries with the launch of a multi-year public art project.
Fast forward to 2019, in the fiftieth anniversary year of the company, BSG enjoys a brand new facility on the edge of the city directly across from the Bermuda High School for girls. As a tribute to the anniversary and as a welcome to its new neighbours, the President, Herman Tucker launched an annual public arts initiative in partnership with the Bermuda Society of Arts and local schools.
“The goal is to invite a new Pembroke-based school to create an art project on the property each year. The first project was a space-themed mural featuring an astronaut walking on the moon with the earth and Bermuda in the background. The theme connects seamlessly with the international commemoration of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
“Celebrations will continue around the world as it marks the tremendous impact of the mission to the moon on science, society and space enabled technology.
“Modern electronic security has evolved with help from space-enabled technology. Global Positioning System [GPS] in particular was developed by the US Government with advances in space research and made available to the world in 1981. The Bermuda Security Group of Companies uses GPS technology in a myriad of ways to protect its customers and their property in Bermuda and regionally.
From Vehicle Fleet Management to Offender Monitoring Systems and Life-safety systems such as medical alert devices, GPS is a critical space-enabled technology for the business of security and beyond.”
BHS student artists Gaby Botelho, Florencia Morales, Naomi Harvey, Jess Simmons, Tamari Landy, Tamia Burgess, Jaiden Herbert, and Lily DeCouto designed and painted the mural.
The Company intends to enlist other schools from the Community to create murals to update the area and connect the Company with the Community.