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Put a Fork in it! SculptureWalk has a People’s Choice Winner
Bear Lee, Standing is voted best by SculptureWalk visitors
Sioux Falls, SD – October 15, 2018 – The annual SculptureWalk People’s Choice award goes to Bear Lee, Standing created by Ohio artist, Gary Hovey, as selected by visitors to annual public art exhibition of sculptures in historic Downtown Sioux Falls.
The grizzly bear sculpture is crafted out of stainless-steel dinner forks and knives. Standing six feet tall, the unique sculpture captured the most votes in the 15th annual SculptureWalk balloting. Not to mention 1000’s of selfies with visitors to the corner of 11th & Phillips Avenue in Historic Downtown Sioux Falls.
“That minute in May when I saw Bear Lee, Standing come off the truck, I know we had another very special sculpture in a very special year,” said SculptureWalk’s Jim Clark. “Gary Hovey is an inspirational artist and we are thrilled to have him as a new artist with SculptureWalk and a part of Sioux Falls.”
Unknown to most people, Hovey’s creativity, attention to intricate detail and skills are a testament to his courage in fighting through Parkinson’s disease. Hovey had two sculptures juried into the 15th annual SculptureWalk exhibit that also included his piece Girlilla & Tiney exhibited in front of the Phillips Avenue Diner.
“This 15th annual exhibit of sculpture was arguably our best ever and it showed with not only the quality of the art, but with the number of visitors and ballots we had returned,” said Clark. “Every year the votes are close, and this year was no exception, the People’s Choice Award puts a wonderful exclamation point on this special year and exhibit.”
2018 SculptureWalk Best of Show Winners Announced
SculptureWalk 15th Anniversary Virtuoso Best of Show winners were announced today representing the best-of-the-best sculptures as judged on artistic merit and creativity by SculptureWalk sculptors. The top sculpture is “Red Legged Frog” by nationally recognized artist, Pokey Park, of Tucson Arizona.
The winning artists receive a cash award made possible by a gift from the Scoular Family Trust and become eligible to be named a Virtuoso Sculptor.
The 2018 winners are:
Best of Show $2,000 Award
Red Legged Frog – Pokey Park
Best of Show II $1,000 Award to Each
Study 6 (#1) – Henry Royer
The Family (#3) – Ben Hammond*
Girlilla & Tiney (#13) – Gary Hovey
Mushroom (#14) – Bruce Stillman
Carmen Marimba (#18) – Lee Leuning/Sherri Treeby
Chimertrol (#19)– Jennifer Cannon
Basking (#30) – Pati Stajcar
Rattlesnake (#31) – Jacque Frazee
Horse (#36) – Travis Sorenson
Resplendent Fervor (#41) – Gregory Mendez
Battle of Perception (#56) – Clark Martinek
*Ben Hammond has achieved SculptureWalk Virtuoso Sculptor Certification and will now be recognized as a Virtuoso Sculptor.
SculptureWalk Visitor Center Now Open at Washington Pavilion
To enhance the experience of visitors and patrons, SculptureWalk, First Bank & Trust and the Washington Pavilion have partnered together to create a SculptureWalk Visitor Center. The new center is located inside the Washington Pavilion and features a large-scale map of the sculpture route, brochures, video, artwork and more.
The space is located on the second floor of the Washington Pavilion just outside the entrance to the Visual Arts Center, the new SculptureWalk Visitor Center is a great place to either start or finish your tour of the sculptures in Downtown Sioux Falls.
The SculptureWalk Visitor Center is open whenever the Washington Pavilion is open to the public. Learn more here.
SculptureWalk 2018 Installed!
The 15th Annual SculptureWalk has been installed in Downtown Sioux Falls!
Started in 2004, SculptureWalk is the largest and most recognized annual exhibit of public art sculptures in the country.