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New bar brings silversides ashore


Artists Pam and Marc Laurenson in front of the piece.

Cayman’s latest bar officially opens next month, but it won’t be just the drinks and venue that blow visitors away. 

Silverside Rum Gallery has been five years in the planning, and plans to open for business at the end of September. 

Aimed at tourists, divers and Cayman’s business community, the bar has been built above Eden Rock Dive Centre on South Church Street. 

And for rum lovers it seems there’s no better venue as the bar plans to stock around 200 different varieties.  

But the big talk about the bar and restaurant is the wall at the back! 

Artists Pam and Marc Laurenson of Stoak’d have brought it to life with a massive mural measuring 10-ft by 30-ft depicted what’s normally only seen under the sea outside. Fellow artist Kevin Mounsor also helped create the masterpiece. 

Silversides swim into the bar.

Keeping in with the bar’s name, they have painted a huge underwater scene complete with silversides and tarpon.  

Mr. Laurenson said: “The idea was to give visitors who may not be able to go into the water a glimpse of what they could see. 

“The owners specifically wanted the painting on the wall by the sea and we imagined we were underwater when painting. 

“And if somebody in the bar may not have been thinking of going into the ocean, maybe the painting will show them what they could see.” 

“Silversides are probably Eden’s Rock’s most famous residents, along with all the tarpon of course,” said Mrs. Laurenson.  

“It’s the perfect name for the new bar and we were flattered we could play a small part by creating this artwork. 

“We hope it’s here for many years to come just like the fish who visit in the waters outside.” 

Silverside Rum Gallery above Eden Rock.

About Paul Kennedy

During a career that spans almost three decades, Paul has covered some of the biggest stories in the world for regional and national newspapers. A multi-award winning journalist and published author, he has worked for the past six years producing television news and documentaries in Cayman. Paul is also the host of a weekly football show. His dream story is to find a dog that can play piano.

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