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Sturgis sculptor wins People’s Choice Award

STURGIS, SD   – A Sturgis artist has won the 2022 People’s Choice Award in the Sioux Falls SculptureWalk.

Travis Sorenson created the winning sculpture using recycled stainless steel and copper and depicts a mounted elk bust.

According to Regan Smith, the committee is grateful to each participating artist and those who voted for their favorite pieces.  “We can’t wait to see this gorgeous piece on permanent display in our community.”

“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 “

Elk” by Travis Sorenson was created with recycled stainless steel and copper.

Elk” sculpture in the City’s permanent collection,” says Joe Schaeffer, Visual Arts Commission Chair.

Sorenson said it was a privilege to see one of his works installed permanently. “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.”

People’s Choice voting was open to the public through Sept. 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 winning sculpture will remain on its pedestal in front of the Carpenter Building in downtown Sioux Falls into the spring. The Visual Arts Commission, in coordination with the City of Sioux Falls, will then place the sculpture in a more permanent location for all to enjoy.

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.

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