Duct Tape Sculptors Earn Festival Prizes

July 12, 2010

Four University students from this past spring semester's "Pictorial Elements" class with Assistant Sculpture Professor Joe Girandola earned top honors and the accompanying cash prizes at the 7th annual Avon (Ohio) Heritage Duct Tape Festival for their duct tape sculptures celebrating the grooviness of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Awards were based on jury and crowd voting.


"Franken-strat"                                                                  "Grateful Dead Dancing Bear"

John Hyatt (Film/Digital Video '11) needed more than 300 rolls of duct tape and about 800 hours to create "Franken-strat," a 15-foot replica of Eddie Van Halen's signature guitar that won the first place prize of $1,000. Cat O'Neill's (Sculpture '11) "Grateful Dead Dancing Bear" (92 hours and 40+ rolls of duct tape) took second and earned her $750. Astrid Bucio (Crafts '10) and Justin Rubich (Painting/Drawing '10) split the $500 third place prize for their psychedelic speakers seen below (150 hours and 27 rolls of duct tape).

A flower power-themed Volkswagen bus; a life-sized, cross-legged Mohandas Gandhi; yellow and white speckled seahorses; a dove towing a giant olive branch; and a yellow submarine that actually floats were among the other sculptures that were positioned about the fairgrounds.

Held fittingly enough on Father’s Day weekend, the festival celebrated Avon's heritage and namesake as the "Duct Tape Capital of the World," drawing more than 300,000 visitors.

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