Wings win it for sculp­ture

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

One-thou­sand dol­lars rep­re­sented a solid pay­day for an af­ter­noon of fam­ily team­work at the re­cent Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

Sculp­tors had to race against the clock to cre­ate an ‘‘air’’ themed cre­ation from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

Seth Pa­padopou­los, his dad Flin, aun­tie Anika and friend Roy­don Ek­man worked for eight hours on their sculp­ture, which took in­spi­ra­tion from a fly­ing ma­chine made fa­mous in the movie Mada­gas­car.

Ma­te­rial used in­cluded a wine rack, bad­minton rack­ets, flip­pers and even part of a pad­dling pool. They had a lot to choose from, with the com­pe­ti­tion’s or­gan­is­ers amass­ing a huge pile of re­cy­cled items.

‘‘You would be amazed at how many ca­ble ties we used, it was a pretty big ef­fort,’’ Anika says, adding that her team was ‘‘over it’’ by the time 4pm rolled around.

The 2 me­tre by 1m sculp­ture, which beat out seven other en­tries on the day, wowed the judges with its orig­i­nal­ity and colour, but Seth be­lieves there was one fac­tor that made the dif­fer­ence.

‘‘The wings ac­tu­ally flapped, when you used a pul­ley, to see it ac­tu­ally work like that was pretty cool. But to win the $1000 was amaz­ing, my eyes just about fell out of my head.’’

Seth de­cided a share of his prize­money would go to the SPCA, as his fam­ily has taken in a few ‘‘strays’’ over the years and knew what ex­cel­lent work the so­ci­ety did.

The group plan to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion again next year and are al­ready con­tem­plat­ing what chal­lenges the el­e­ment of fire will present.

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Bold cre­ation: The win­ning en­try at the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion even had mov­ing wings. In­set: proud sculp­tor Seth Pa­padopou­los.

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