Here is a portfolio of images from the August 29th Art Olympic Festival by Pittsburgh photographer Larry Rippel. Images Copyright 2015.
Julie Mallis, D.S. Kinsel, Anqwenique Wingfield and Daryl Collier of team Boom Concepts.
Craig Freeman and David Zak of the Commission for Cosmic Craft Transmission.
Before the show, piles of junk lay hidden under tarps.
Laura Ramie from Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and volunteer Amy Masters ran the hat making activity.
Teams parade from the Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center to Art Olympic Field accompanied by Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band.
Team leader D.S. Kinsel delivers his artist statement.
Felipe Garcia-Huidobro, Ryan A. Murray, Hyla Willis and Hannah G. Thompson deliver a team manifesto.
D.S. Kinsel in action.
Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band.
Team Boom Concepts working outside the lines.
Interviewing team leader Craig Freeman in the first round of the competition.
Judge Erika Johnson of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse critiques the activity.
Anqwenique Wingfield with an operatic performance.
Julie Mallis in action.
Commission for Cosmic Craft Transmission prepares to send a signal into the cosmos.
Visitors taking part in craft activities.
Mike Cuccaro moderates the “halftime show.” Two audience members had seven minutes to create sculptures out of the contents of small boxes. Boxes were filled with random items from Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.
Judges Maritza Mosquera, Erika Johnson, Christiane D, and Wayne Younger debate the winner of the halftime show.
The Art Olympic Festival took place in a rare patch of green space in the East Deutschtown neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
David Zak and Nathan Curtis working meticulously to use all of their provided junk items.
Led by artist Hyla Willis, team Puff and Stuff invited audience members into the square to assist in creating inflated plastic bag forms.
Mike Cuccaro interviews a young audience member.
“Are you having fun today?”
“I’m the next Art Olympian!”
Team Puff and Stuff in action!
Commission for Cosmic Craft Transmission in action!
Judges making final comments on the show.
Team Boom Concepts after their final presentation.
Hyla Willis accepting the second place trophy. It was a very close contest!
Nathan Curtis, Craig Freeman, Elizabeth Rudnick and David Zak – winners of the 2015 Art Olympics.
Comments from Liz Hammond, Emcee, musician and crew member of the 2007 and 2008 Art Olympics.
Finishing touches by Nathan Curtis.
The seven-minute halftime show.