Sioux Falls, SD (10/20/2022) – SculptureWalk’s 2022 People’s Choice Award goes to Sturgis, S.D., artist Travis Sorenson for his sculpture “Elk.” Exactly 500 visitors cast votes in this year’s competition.
“We are grateful to each participating artist, every person who voted for their favorite piece and the City of Sioux Falls for their support of our mission to bring art to the people. We can’t wait to see this gorgeous piece on permanent display in
our community,” says Regan Smith, SculptureWalk Board President.
The winning sculpture is created using recycled stainless steel and copper and depicts a mounted elk bust.
“I would like to say I am very honored and thankful to have the privilege of getting one of my sculptures installed in the city of Sioux Falls,” says Sculptor Travis Sorenson.
People’s Choice voting was open to the public through September 30. Each year’s winning sculpture is purchased by the City of Sioux Falls and added to the community’s collection of public art.
“The Visual Arts Commission board proudly supports this year’s SculptureWalk People’s Choice Award recipient, Travis Sorenson. We look forward to including Sorenson’s sculpture, “Elk,” in the City’s permanent collection,” says Joe Schaeffer, Visual Arts Commission Chair.
In addition to this award, Sorenson won a 2021 Best of Show Award for his sculpture “Maximus Moose,” a 2019 Best of Show Award for his sculpture “Cimarron,” a 2018 Best of Show Award for his sculpture “Horse,” and a 2017 Best of Show Award for his sculpture “Whirlwind of Life.” SculptureWalk’s Best of Show winners represent the best-of-the-best sculptures as judged on artistic merit and creativity.
Voting for the People’s Choice sculpture was easier than ever this year with our new digital voting feature. People also could vote using the printed ballot available in this exhibit’s brochure. Of this year’s 500 total votes, 294 were submitted digitally.
The winning sculpture will remain on its pedestal in front of the Carpenter Building in downtown Sioux Falls (221 S. Phillips Ave.) into the spring. The Visual Arts Commission in coordination with the City of Sioux Falls then will place the sculpture in a more permanent location for all to enjoy into the future.
Watch for more details coming soon regarding an upcoming contest to name the “Elk”!
To continue supporting public art, please consider making a donation to SculptureWalk at SculptureWalkSiouxFalls.com/Donate.
About SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and the Arc of Dreams
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that organizes an annual exhibit of outdoor sculptures throughout downtown Sioux Falls. The current exhibit includes more than 60 original pieces of art. SculptureWalk owns and maintains the Arc of Dreams, a monumental stainless-steel sculpture spanning the Big Sioux River. SculptureWalk’s mission is to bring art to the people, and its guiding principle is to be the highest quality, most professional, financially strong, artist friendly, year-round outdoor sculpture program in the United States. More than 300,000 visitors enjoy viewing its artworks each year. SculptureWalkSiouxFalls.com