Congratulations to Lizz Godfroy, David Rice, and Paul Tribble, EcoSculpt 2013’s First Place and People’s Choice Award winners for their sculpture Re-Tired Roadside Attractions, a menagerie of larger than life fantastical animals composed of semi tire debris collected along our local highways.
Lizz Godfroy’s inspiration was the texture of the materials as well as their widespread presence.
“Driving along I-75 to my sister’s farm in KY, I always thought the frayed, curly pieces of truck tires were beautiful in a way, and I also thought how awful that so much of this material is just left on the roads every day. I could see wings of giant birds in the feathery pieces along the roads.”
— Lizz Godfroy, artist
After a busy month of Earth events in Washington Park as part of EcoSculpt 2013, Cincinnati’s annual green arts event drew to a close on Friday, April 26th, 2013, in Washington Park. First, second, and third prize winners were chosen by a juried panel, and the People’s Choice Award was determined by park visitors and website browsers who cast votes for their favorite recycled material sculptures. City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld was the emcee of the evening along with the Energy Alliance’s Community Outreach Specialist Nicole Klosterman.
The EcoSculpt 2013 People’s Choice Awards Ceremony and celebration took place as part of Over the Rhine’s Final Friday Arts Walk. Local food vendors, artist and craft vendors, and sustainability organizations were present to help celebrate the menagerie of sculptures set along a path in the south side of Washington Park. Entertainment was provided by local musicians the Tadcasters, a bluegrass and Americana band.
Cash prizes of $500, $250, $150, and a People’s Choice Award of $100 were given to the juried and People’s Choice winners. Alternative Metal Design’s From Rust to Honey came in second place, and Sabrina Mantle’s Patternicity claimed third prize.
Energy Alliance Sponsorship
The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has supported EcoSculpt since its start in 2010. Our team facilitates the People’s Choice Awards with the help of People Working Cooperatively and their efficiency demonstration home that houses voting on site.
This year’s artists installed their works between April 5th and April 12th. Following the awards ceremony on April 26th, the winning sculpture will be moved to Fountain Square to be on display until May 24th.
A look back at the year’s Earth Month Events in Washington Park:
- April 5th: Sculpture installation began
- April 6th: OTR Clean-Up Day with the Boys and Girls Club
- April 13th: Bike Maintenance Day with Reser Bicycles
- April 20th: Compost classes with the Civic Garden Center
- April 26th: Awards Ceremony