One would think that a miniature work could be finished quickly in contrast to my actual size manhole cover works. Truthfully, I enjoy challenges and problem solving. As I created the sculpture, I had to make sure that the clear cube cover would fit over it.
So I had to insert the side pieces instead of having them protrude.
|Terraced Crop Watering (left insert)||Carrying Water in Asia (Right Insert)|
The Three Water Carriers were the most interesting image to face the Mirror side of Cube Cover. On the mirror back outside of the cube, I posted the theme message of the piece:
“Two thirds of the world is composed of water, but less than one percent is suitable for drinking.”
I discovered reference material in The Dow Chemical Brochure on protecting global waters.
|The Three Water Carriers||Two thirds of the world is composed of water|
I thought the Sculpture was finished, until Judy Hablewitz, costume designer for the Solivita Starlighters, said that to be effective, the sculpture really needed to rotate.
Harvey Factor, The Starlighter’s Technical Director suggested contacting Dave Butler from the Technical Crew. Boy was I fortunate. Dave, who had built and designed model ships and hundreds of miniature doll houses, had just what I needed. He provided me with several tiny turn tables and wooden support disks.
Winning the award was possible due to the support and advice of my husband, friends and colleagues here in The Solivita Community.
38 thoughts on “Mastrangelo Won 1st Place in Sculpture”
Good going!! You do have “Grateworks”!
Solivita Artisan’s Guild Painter
Big Congrats to you!
That’s so great about your award!
You certainly deserve it!
and Long Time Friend.
I think its great!! Al told me about this before the email..
always good to hear a self taught artist makes the top!!
Congrads… Doug Leffert
5/7/2009 11:51:54 P.M.
WOW! I am so happy for you! You are a very, very special person and also very talented in your art. I am proud to know you and proud to be an artist as well as YOU always inspire me! Love You! Lynn
Congratulations, Bobbi….great job.
NILSA C. DIAZ
Tohopekaliga Water Authority…….
“Bringing you life’s most precious resource”
Loved the colors you used in the manhole and the message of what we put in the water and the many uses it has to human consumption and elementary need. Keep up the GRATE WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your Dress Designer
P.S. Your latest is the greatest!
Congratulations! It’s an inspiration to witness your growth as an artist over the years!
Art and words: The gems of communication-you captured both!
Thanks for sharing the news about this award. Congratulations.
It’s so great to hear that great recognition continues for Grateworks.
Dear Aunt Bobbi,
Congratulations on your recent first prize win! I’m so glad you included me on your e-mail list. Please let me know if you ever have any exhibitions or shows in the New York area in the future, as I’d love to attend.
Marie Mc Auley
Congratulations. I am glad I had a little hand in your success. Good luck and if I can be of help in the future please let me know.
David Butler of Solivita
Fantastic! This a true blend of your creative artistry and appreciation of the blessings of our environment. Thank you for sharing the news of your recognition. You are a winner–and a good friend!
The judges did an excellent job! For First Place I also say, yes, deservingly so for the original idea of “The Essential Element”. This sculpture has and is, undoubtedly, holding the interest of viewers. The artist who can replicate and elevate an object so effecively (and with its meaningful message), is worthy of high recognition.
Such good news!
Congratulations on winning first place!
I’m not surprised, you are so talented.
I sent this to my daughter in CA; she used to do art work, but unfortunately, has no time with her job and now her babies.
I was so excited to see you had won first place with your Essentials piece’ I remember all our conversations about your Grateworks many years ago. I saw one in Dr. Peterson’s office a few months ago. I am proud to own one of your florals.
You do such wonderful work. The bright colors are very striking; and I love the left and right inserts.
You certainly deserve winning first prize!
All my best,
Solivita Artisan Guild Member
Congratulations Aunt Bobbi!
What a wonderful accomplishment!
I am so excited about this sculpture!!!!
It not only is beautiful but it Moves!!!!!
What will you think of next?
Congratulations on your 1st Place.
There’s no stopping a Maryvale Flyer!!!
Tony Queeno BSTC Graduate
Who later taught at Maryvale HS
Congratulations. A well-deserved honor.
Mary Ann Wiedmont
Author from “Sol Writers”
Bravo Bobbi. Congratualtions!
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Happy Mother’s Day.
Congratulations on yet another
great accomplisment. May God
continue to bring many more
blessing for years to come…
in the Military
I would love to see these sculptures–grate way to communicate to the world–through your art and your reminders to us all.
Congratulations on your great accomplishment!
Ray and Penny Almodovar
How wonderful for you and for all those new to your talents to have the recognition of this award. I hope you have settled in to Florida and are enjoying not only your artistic achievement but the lifestyle and creative energy that Florida can provide.
Wishing you more well deserved success and all the best.
Mari B. Ross, Director
Baltimore Public Works Museum
I’m so excited for you and quite proud of your continued growth and accomplishments as an artist. Your art reflects your wonderful imagination, exciting creativity and your love of a challenge.
May you continue to follow your passion…
Smithtown Teacher Center
Congratulations — your First Prize is so well deserved!!! Your caring spirit and creativity continue to be an inspiration to me and your artwork not only brings awareness to the environment, but also changes the world.
I look forward to seeing what you do next…
Best wishes and hugs,
Dear Bobbi, Congratulations on your achievement. The work has great strength, and reminds us of the fact that water is a requirement of life and the need to protect the environment. I am so proud of you. Love to you and Al. Linda
If anyone desrves first prize ’tis certainly you! Congratulations!! “Pop” would (is) so proud of you as am I.
I do miss seeing you and having our little chats….so long ago yet so close to my heart.
Love and Blessings,
It’s Jon from across the street. I finally got around to checking out the website, and I wanted to tell you that you certainly have a new fan of your artwork over here.
I’m genuinely impressed with how you’ve managed to turn ordinary manhole covers into art. A truly unique idea. You’ve done a great job with the website too. The poetry, the manhole covers, and the website itself all are very well done.
Keep up the good work Bobbi, and I look forward to seeing some new artwork in the future
Jon from across the street…
Congrats on winning 1st prize too!
Glad to know of your great success….
I’m very proud of you.
I saw your work yesterday in the Islip, NY Art Museum.
Your Former Instructor
Artist, Solar Plate Printer
Every time I see your work, it brings back great memories of growing up in Greenpoint/Williamsburg Brooklyn.
As kids we played, like everybody else in the streets.
Weather it was “punch ball” or “stick ball “or “ring -o-levio” -sewers were the basis for the game-they were central to the games or better still pivotal to the games.
As a result I became very aware of the
intricate art work and history for each type.
So what I’m saying is that your work always brings
moments of great peace and joy of my “Kid” years.
With many blessings for sharing your gift,
While reading the NY State Teachers Magazine,
I noticed an article about you winning first place
in sculpture at the Osceola Center for the Arts
How great that you have made such a
name for yourself with your message
about protecting our water supply.
I have the card with the “Irish Blessing ” Sculpture on my desk. You sent it to me July 2005, 50 years after your graduation.
It is one of my treasures.
I wish you continued success and joy in your work.
With warm regards,
One of your former teachers at Maryvale HS
I love looking at your work. When I tell my friends that I have a very famous cousin who is an artist and replicates manhole covers, their first response is Whaaaaat?!
Then I have the opportunity to tell them how I did the rubbings for you on the Punta Gorda covers, taking a picture from an ants view. We all laugh and have a grate time!!
I was so happy with the success of your grate works which I witnessed so long ago.
You are such an inspiration to all that anything is possible!
I especially connected with the Spirits of Sedona…
Let’s keep working for water and leaving behind grateworks 🙂