St. Petersburg, FL. — The Salvador, a new condominium tower under construction in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg’s Arts and Innovation District, announced the winner of the 3-D Print Digital Art Sculpture Contest in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF) and Tampa Bay Business for Culture and Arts (TBBCA). Tina Piracci, currently a Junior at USF pursuing her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in sculpture, won the top prize with her bronze sculpture, “Don’t Wake Gala,” which represents the marriage of a dreamlike narrative with science and research. Ms. Piracci’s sculpture will be on display in the lobby of The Salvador later this year.
Winning Sculpture created by Tina Piracci with 3-D printer, Brass
“Dreams have always been a clairvoyant phenomenon for me,” said Ms. Piracci, who also won a $200 cash prize. “They have taught me that time is a variable, and that fate is real. Where the mind goes when we sleep is a place that we cannot access while conscious. There, I have seen the faces of unborn toddlers, and even deaths of loved ones, including my brother. Dreams give me comfort that our lives do have direction.”
In February, The Salvador partnered with USF and TBBCA to call for student artists to design and create sculptures using a 3-D printer. Interested students were asked to design an innovative sculpture inspired by the Surrealist art of Salvador Dali that could be transformed into a 3-D printed sculpture. For many of the students, this was the first time they worked with the 3-D printer at USF and had to consider how their art would transfer to the materials used in the 3-D printer. The runner-ups for the contest were Jessica Menchon, with her sculpture in bronze and Harish Kumar Chittam, with his sculpture in brass. Each runner-up will receive a $100 cash prize.
“TBBCA is pleased that The Salvador and its developers are leading the way and integrating arts education and technology in their project,” said Susana Weymouth, Executive Director at TBBCA.
Howard Kaplan, Visualization Specialist in the Advanced Visualization Center for Research at USF, led the student artists with 3-D printing workshops and completing the sculpture printings. According to Kaplan, “This contest gave our students a unique real-world opportunity to take their drawings into the digital framework of the 3-D printing and see the results. There were many things they had to consider from design to printing in order to achieve good results.”
The award curators were Hank Hine; Curator and Executive Director of the Dali Museum, Yann
Weymouth; Architect of the Dali Museum, and Sarah Howard; Curator of Public Art and Social Practice.
“Downtown St. Pete is a community that is merging innovation and arts in a very unique way. This contest allowed local student artists access to the 3-D printing innovation that we are sure to see more of in the upcoming years,” said the architect of the Salvador Dali Museum, Yann Weymouth.
Bowen Arnold, DDA, ”Being a part of the arts community in downtown St. Pete and right next door to the USF St. Petersburg campus, The Salvador is a part of and supports the innovation and arts community that defines this area. The building itself is inspired by the art of Salvador Dali and features a modern, artful design in the building and the individual units. DDA Development is committed to hiring local architects, contractors and artists. We were so pleased our contest could inspire local students in a fresh, artistic way.”
Below are the winning artists’ initial design plans for printing. We are impressed with the creativity and innovation shown by our student artists.