Congratulations to Andrew Salmon who has won the Nationwide Berlin Wall Art Contest held by the German Embassy. UVa today has a full article on the victory, which is excerpted here:
The embassy letter notifying Salmon of the award said, “The competition was very stiff, the jury found your sculpture uniquely impressive in both its conception and execution. You managed to communicate the emotional and physical brutality of the wall without resorting to the easy iconography of the cold war. The jury was also impressed with the fine details you included in this relatively large scale work.”
Salmon, who is from Arlington, won a four-night trip to Berlin for two, which he plans to take during U.Va.’s spring break in March.
“Berlin is one of the art capitals today. I am really fortunate to get to go there,” he said.
In addition to art, Salmon plans to take in the city’s architecture, including visits to the Reichstag, the new German Parliament designed by architect Norman Foster; and the Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind. “The modern architecture is extremely sculptural, incorporating concepts of light and transparency,” Salmon said.
Salmon created his design in studio art professor William Bennett’s Introduction to Sculpture class. Each student proposed a design and the class voted on two, which were then submitted to the University’s Berlin Wall project. The class worked as a team to create Salmon’s sculpture, a 4-foot by 8-foot wall panel plaster casting created from a clay mold that weighs nearly 1,000 pounds. The piece was displayed in the McIntire Amphitheater.
“My intent was to create a feeling of the wall coming down, but still being present,” Salmon said.
Salmon’s sculpture and small works created by other class members will be on display at Hereford College starting in February.