1st Place Winner – “Babywearing Family” by Elizabeth Bonura

Babywearing Family is located at the corner of 7th Street and Rock St outside of Blue Corn Harvest.

Artist: Elizabeth Bonura
Dimensions: 48”H X 28″W X 28″D
Materials: Concrete with Bronze Metal Coating
Price: $3,000

“This babywearing family of five sculpture with three young children was inspired by my own family. When I had my third child, I wore him everywhere. I loved being able keep the baby close and still hold on to my other children. This is sculpture holds many memories of when our family was young.

My original design was sculpted out of clay. The clay sculpture was enlarged, molded and cast in concrete. The sculpture was then painted with a bronze metal coating (ground bronze metal suspended in an acrylic binder) and finished with metal rubs and waxes.

My artwork is inspired by life, love, and above all, family. After getting engaged, I was greatly inspired by the idea that when a couple gets married two become one. This comes to life as the figures I sculpt are formed into a connected image. Once I became a mother, I began to add children to my artwork. This theme of connectedness continues by creating the children around the parents all emerging together.

I began sculpting professionally over 20 years ago. In the early 2000s I became famous for my polymer clay portrait sculptures and wedding cake toppers. The five-foot life-size “bride’s cake” (where the polymer-clay-sculpted head and shoulders emerged from a six tiered cake) brought me international acclaim! My work has appeared on CNN, Inside Edition, countless news stories and in Inside Weekly Magazine. I have appeared on HGTV’s That’s Clever! and my art dolls have been published in several national magazines. I now have sculptures on display at the Georgetown Public Library for the Annual Texas Society of Sculptors Show. I am the owner/lead artist at Bonura Studios (in Hutto, TX) and I am currently serving on the board of the Hutto Arts and Entertainment Commission.” Elizabeth Bonura


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