Ship Bottom — Stare at the two-story-tall osprey painted on the Drifting Sands Hotel’s north wall.
What’s its name?
You decide, and maybe you’ll win a statewide contest with a prize that is a two-night stay in the motel in 2020.
The majestic mural on East Ninth Street in Ship Bottom was installed earlier this summer to recognize and raise awareness of the New Jersey Osprey Project, an ongoing osprey conservation effort led by Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
To participate, New Jersey residents may submit one entry per person via the hotel’s Facebook page or directly through Gleam until the deadline of Sept. 26. The winning name will be announced on Oct. 1 via Facebook Live.
The artist himself will choose the name. Mural artist Evan Lovett is a South Jersey native and creative director of Philadelphia-based nonprofit Visual Urban Renewal & Transformation.
The osprey’s name will be displayed on a commemorative plaque next to the mural.
The prize is a complimentary two-night stay at Drifting Sands for up to four guests for the 2020 season. The winning prize is non-transferrable and must be claimed within seven days of announcement. Reservations must be booked by March 1, 2020.
“We have always been committed to protecting the environment and helping our community connect with it, so we’re proud to help promote the conservation of one of the East Coast’s most iconic birds through this amazing piece of artwork,” said Jack Burbage, co-owner of Blue Water Development, which owns and operates Drifting Sands.
“We know the mural will generate a great deal of attention and support for the New Jersey Osprey Project, and we are excited to christen our special osprey with a name chosen by a New Jersey resident.”
To watch a time-lapse video of the mural installation, visit youtube.com/watch?v=Xc3runcz400&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop.
— Maria Scandale