European Design Prize for Wood Carvers
The European Design Prize for Wood Carvers, which is awarded on a two- to three-year cycle, has set the standard for European wood carving for years.
"Through STIHL products we help the artists to work powerfully and expertly in and with nature and to shape it. In the context of the European Design Prize for Wood Carvers we particularly want to acknowledge those who use our products to create impressive wooden works of art", explained Paul F. Sumalowitsch, STIHL's head of sponsorship. STIHL is also supporting the current European Design Prize for Wood Carvers award by providing the main prizes worth a total of €5,000. In addition, STIHL is donating commendations in the form of three STIHL MSA 200 C-BQ carving cordless chain saws.
The theme for this year's competition is "Network".
12 May 2016 - 26 June 2016
Regional council [Regierungspräsidium], Karlsruhe
14 July 2016 - 16 October 2016
Daetz Center, Lichtenstein, Saxony
Vernissage 14 July 2016
27 October 2016 - 24 November 2016
Baden-Württemberg State Representation to the European Union, Brussels
The closing of the European Design Prize for Wood Carvers 2016 exhibition takes place on 24 November 2016.
The first STIHL prize worth €3,000 went to Thomas Hildebrand for his work ‘Flock No. 2'. This shows a flock of birds symbolizing social communication in the age of the Internet.
Edvardas Racevicius received the second STIHL prize for his work ‘Untitled', which depicts the network in people's heads. The prize is worth €2,000.
The work ‘Family' by Rudolf Bannwarth received a commendation from the Baden-Württemberg State Woodcarvers' Guild. STIHL supported the prize by donating a cordless chain saw.
Another commendation and another STIHL cordless chain saw went to Karen Löwenstrom for her sculpture ‘Digital Declaration of Love'.
The work ‘Fading Away' by Michael Tolloy was also awarded a commendation and a STIHL cordless chain saw. The sculpture represents the network between life and death.