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Andy Sacksteder's avatar Andy Sacksteder
    2013 3rd place

“Uplifting” is my first attempt at sculpting the human body without clothing. My challenge was to accurately capture the fluidity of movement as muscles, bones and tendons are flexed and stretched in dance. Water is the central theme and inspiration for “Uplifting.” It is said that about 70 percent of the human body is made up of water, and coincidentally, more than 70 percent of the Earth is covered in water. The dancers are celebrating the water that sustains and nurtures plants, animals and humans. They are IN and OF the water. My sculpture is displayed in a pond that I created, using stones that I hand picked from Lakes Superior, Michigan and Erie. “Uplifting” is fabricated to be a fountain, or water feature. Water runs from and over the dancer’s bodies, adding light, movement and sound to the viewer’s visual experience. Thanks to Coopermill Bonzeworks of Zanesvlle, OH for their outstanding skill and artistry in moulding and casting my sculpture.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 5 feet
  • Medium: bronze
  • Width: 4 feet
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 8 feet