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 Arts and Culture (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 Mechon, 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
Runner-up: Jessica Mechon, 3-D printer, Bronze
Runner-Up: Harish Kumar Chittam, 3-D printer, Brass
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.”
About The Salvador
The Salvador provides a fashionable, urban luxury lifestyle with prices starting as low as $335,000 and ranging up to $1,400,000. One and two-bedroom condos range from 964 square feet to 1,810 square feet and the pair of three-bedroom penthouses with approximately 2,500 square feet. All homes will come with Bosch stainless steel appliances; wine coolers, gas cooktops, European-style cabinets and wide plank engineered wood flooring. Luxury features of the building include an 11,000-square-foot amenity deck on the third floor, with a spa, heated saltwater pool, and a fire pit, along with a fitness center/yoga room. A two-story lobby offers a full-time concierge with a large seating and greeting area.
Smith & Associates Real Estate is the exclusive listing agency for The Salvador, with over 80% of homes sold to date.
About DDA Development:
DDA Development is a full-service development company with capabilities in investment, finance, asset management and construction. Based in Tampa, the firm focuses its efforts on developing residential buildings, primarily within the metropolitan Tampa Bay region.
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