Butler County to hold 25th annual Recycled Sculpture Contest | Arts & Culture
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District will honor elementary students for turning trash into creative works of art at its 25th annual Recycled Sculpture Contest on October 27 from 5pm-7pm at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton.
Nearly 500 fourth and fifth grade students from 16 Butler County school districts created sculptures. Each school district then chose the top sculptures from their school to compete at the countywide contest. The top 47 sculptures are currently on display at the Fitton Center.
This year’s theme is “River Meanderings” in honor of the contest’s 25th anniversary. The District asked the students to create river-themed sculptures of bridges, boats, river animals or river-related activities. The theme is designed to coordinate with a special exhibit at the Fitton Center featuring nationally-known artist Jennifer Van Winkle. Van Winkle’s work focuses on recycled materials, conservation, consumerism and waste. (www.jennifervanwinkle.com)
Participating schools include:
- Bridgeport, Crawford Woods, Fairwood, Highland, Linden and Ridgeway (Hamilton School District)
- Heritage and Freedom (Lakota School District)
- New Miami elementary school
- Kramer (Talawanda School District)
- Ross Middle School, Morgan and Elda (Ross School District)
- Queen of Peace, St. Joseph, Middletown –John XXIII
The sculptures will be judged this week by local government officials, community members and Fitton Center representatives. The judges will base their scores on artistic expression and the creative use of trash, recycled and reusable materials.
The district will honor each of the finalists, their families, and teachers in an awards ceremony on October 27 at 6 P.M. at the Fitton Center.