Public Art Commission Names Birdhouse Winners
The Public Art Commission is pleased to announce the award winners for its first ever Birdhouse Competition. The competition was open for entries in March and judged in April. More than 100 birdhouses were submitted, and the entries will remain on display at the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave., through May 18.
Birdhouse Competition Winners
Children (up to 12 years): Marcos Boyd
Youth (12 - 17): Anyang Yu
Children or youth team: Isabella Haveman & Ava Diedrichs
Adult single: Ashley Matthews
Adult team: Steve & Carol Vollstedt
Family: Alexa Vollstedt
Professional (Architects, Artists, Woodworkers, etc.): Ann Chukhareu-Khudilaynen
Whimsical (entries not intended for bird occupancy): Susie Petra & Judy Lemish
“We were absolutely delighted by the number of entries, the thoughtfulness, and the creativity brought to life by these birdhouses,” said Public Art Commissioner Kerry Dixon. “This contest has definitely achieved our goals of building beautiful and often functional pieces that will add to our bird habitat.”
The Public Art Commission identified several goals of the birdhouse competition. These included encouraging the construction of functional and aesthetically pleasing birdhouses; encouraging the use of environmentally sensitive materials; demonstrating ways to attract wildlife by creating unique backyard and park habitats, and inspiring creativity in backyard and park habitats.
The birdhouses will be mounted in City parks. They will be evaluated annually for soundness and either remain in the park system or be decommissioned.
The Public Art Commission is a mayor-appointed volunteer group with the purpose of establishing public art philosophy and developing a public art plan for the City, monitoring the public art budget and recommending funding allocations for public art within City facilities, developing guidelines for selecting artwork, seeking private and governmental funding for public art, and developing educational, promotional projects for public arts programming.
Photo caption: The entry from Susie Petra & Judy Lemish won in the Whimsical catetory (entries not intended for bird occupancy).