Next week, I will be competing in the 2nd Annual Sculpture Games at the Loveland Feed & Grain. This is my 2nd year competing, and I am excited to be joined this year by my 2 good art buddies on a team called The Rabble Rousers. I recall last year’s experience was a little awkward for me since I was normally a 2-D artist and was now in a competition with some heavy hitting 3-D artists. I was not intimidated by my competitors because they were big name-fancy pants artists in our town, but more by the realization that I had not actually built anything in years. This was quite awkward for me since I was in an event where we built art out of literally junk! There’s hardly a way to fully prepare yourself, your ideas or hopes when you are faced with a giant heap of junk and then be required to chose items or materials in hopes you can somehow juxtapose the items and call it art!
I had an idea of making an owl creation of some sort and ended up making a white trash tribute piece. The finished product ended up being made from an old deer head from a wicker Christmas lawn decoration, a hubcap, bottle caps and Minnesota license plate. I was asked several times throughout the day “Why a Minnesota license plate?” Well, because it was the only one I found in the trash heap. You got to use what you can find and try not to be too picky.
There was a benefit to being a one person team at the end of the competition since we were all asked to carry our pieces to another location so they could be auctioned off. I got to simply pick up my wicker deer head trophy and carry it to the location; while the other artists and teams had built monstrous metal creations and now had to figure out how they were going to move their sculptures. I may not have won any prizes that day, but I did get to see my creation auctioned off to a good home.
This year I hope to have fun building with my team mates. This is such a cool and unique event, that I hope it draws a good crowd. Either way, I know I will have a blast!