Sculpture artists compete to create recycled masterpieces

2009 Scrapfest Redux from SUCH Video on Vimeo.

Summer festival season is upon us, and towns and cities large and small are celebrating their history and culture (as well as trying to attract tourist dollars). In 2009, Lansing, Michigan’s Old Town district added a new event to its Summer solstice celebrations Festival of the Moon & Festival of the Sun: Scrapfest. For the two weeks leading up to the midsummer events, twelve teams of artists root through materials at local scrap processing and recycling company Friedland Industries, and create a sculpture from their finds.

The competition kicked off on Saturday: teams had one hour to collect up to 500 pounds of materials at Friedland. They’ll have until the 25th to complete their masterpieces, which will be displayed, and auctioned off, at the Moon and Sun festivals. Last year’s winner, a scrap metal dinosaur, was purchased by the scrap and recycling company, and is on display at their headquarters.

Check out the video above for an overview of last year’s competition… there’s more video, and photographs, at the event’s site. All proceeds from the event go to support public art projects in the Old Town district.

Attended last year’s Scrapfest? Know of a similar event? Tell us about it…

via the Lansing State Journal