As of Saturday, October 13, 2017, Wisconsin University of Technology’s Giant of the Year contest has officially begun.
The competition will be held at the Madison, WI, campus for three days from October 11-12, 2017.
Winners will be announced on Monday, October 14, at 2:00 p.m. and will be honored by UW President Ana Mari Cauce at a news conference.
Winners from the 2016 competition were announced in January and 2017 were announced at the same time.
The Giant of 2016 was a 16-foot-tall sculpture of a large, humanoid, human-shaped animal.
This year’s winner, which is named in honor of UW professor and UW engineering student Danica Pfeifer, is named “Milo,” which is a nod to Milo the elephant.
The sculpture is a collaboration between UW Engineering and the Giant of New York, a local sculpture artist, who designed the design.
The other two winners will be named after UW professors and other UW faculty who are nominated for this year’s competition.
“We are thrilled to welcome Milo to our campus, and to welcome students to our institution,” Cauge said in a news release.
“The Giant of The World will be on display for our students and staff to see for a few days, and we will have a number of activities and workshops that will showcase the Giant’s impressive powers of creation.”
A selection of other winners from the previous Giant of Madison competition were also announced at this year-end event.
The 2017 competition was sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the American Academy of Art, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wisconsin Arts Council.
“It was an honor to be nominated for a giant, and I am proud to have been the first person to design one,” Pfeife said.
“I’m thrilled that my work will help inspire the next generation of designers, architects, and artists.”
Pfeifti said she will be making plans to make her work more accessible to people with disabilities and their families.
“When people with physical disabilities walk into my studio, they’re not expecting to see a sculpture that’s not in the same space that they are,” she said.
Pfeifer said the competition is an opportunity for students to “explore and celebrate the wonders of the universe,” which include both nature and technology.
“What it really means is that you can explore the world with a smile, because this is what we do.
It’s a great way to connect with the cosmos, which has been a huge part of my life,” she added.
“This is an honor that I’m really looking forward to.
I want everyone to experience the wonder of the world in my way, and it’s really an amazing opportunity to celebrate science and technology and be inspired.”
In addition to Pfeiffer, a number other winners were announced during the announcement, including students from the University at Buffalo, the New York Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this year is the number of students who have received awards, which was really great,” said University of Chicago-Urbana-Champaign’s Jody Smith, who is also a winner of the 2016 contest.
“They are truly inspiring the next generations of engineers and designers.”
Paineffer said she is excited to be representing the University as the winner of this competition.
Paineifer was the first to apply for the contest, which she is very proud of.
“After being in art class, I realized that the future is going to be in art, and that is the future that we are working toward,” she explained.
“My work will bring to life the wonders that are out there and the wonder that is possible.”
Paneffer has been featured in numerous publications, including The Associated Press, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, and many other outlets.
Paneiffer has also worked with students and faculty in other countries.
She has been working on the sculpture for the past year and has been using a combination of natural and artificial materials to make the sculpture, including silicone, wood, metal, glass, glass fiber, acrylic, and other metals.
The students have also been able to create custom-made sculptures using a computer program, which Paineiffer said has helped her to focus on her work.
“Our students have been very excited about their sculptures and have been inspired by their creative expression,” Smith said.