Atlanta artists Whitney and Micah Stansell have won the big kahuna in the Herradura Tequila barrel art competition. Artists were asked to decorate or otherwise artify a 150-lb. tequila barrel in a competition that encompassed eight cities. The Stansells won $10,000 in the regional contest, and now they’ve taken home the $100,000 grand prize.
In describing the thinking behind the work, the artists wrote, “We’ve created a zoetrope, an early ‘cinema’ device, inside the barrel. The running horse pays homage to Muybridge, a pioneer of the moving image, and the marquee sign and the act of peering into the barrel are a nod to the kinetoscope/mutoscope. Early alchemists believed the distilling of ‘spirits’ to be magic. In the same way, early cinema devices like the zoetrope were used to conjure spirits and were presented as magical objects. We think there’s still something pretty magical about the inside of our Herradura barrel.”
Other artists will benefit as well. Herradura partnered with Creative Capital to promote the competition and will fund a Creative Capital workshop in each participating city next year. Flux Projects and PushPush Theater, which previously hosted a Creative Capital workshop, will again present it here. More information in January.