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This year's award winners were selected on 8 November. CoroArt Award 2017

A walk-in cave with a motion sensor, a “Pirouetting Tree”, an “Element Theatre” and a megacity titled “Echo” – the art works presented by this year’s CoroArt winners were every bit as fascinating and exciting as those seen in previous years. Together with the Faculty for Design and Art of the University of Wuppertal, for the fifth time Coroplast presented awards to young, talented artists and designers for works created mainly using Coroplast products. The prize giving and the official ceremony took place in the presence of numerous invited guests. 

Fresh ideas on the subject of transformation

The motto of this year’s award was “Transformation”. The subject is topical, ubiquitous, and offers a number of different interpretations. Whether digital transformation, classical transformation as the creation of a new object, or even humanity as the greatest transformer – the various facets of this term left plenty of room for the artists to explore their creativity.

This year, some 30 students took part in the competition, which has meanwhile become an established event. Dr Gerhard Finckh, Director of the Von der Heydt Museum and member of the judges’ panel: “The students have recognised that the CoroArt Award is a competition worthwhile making an effort for.”

Picture of the winners and judges of the CoroArt Award 2017

CoroArt Award 2017: the winners and the judges. Left to right: Natalie Mekelburger (Chairwoman of the Board of Management Coroplast), Lina Weichold (3rd prize), Marc Kox (2nd prize), Josef Kirschner (3rd prize), Emily Goede (1st prize), Prof. Katja Pfeiffer (Professor of Art at the University of Wuppertal), Dr Gerhard Finckh (Director of the Von der Heydt Museum), Constanze Krieger (Head of Marketing & Communication Coroplast)

„I am astonished at the number of completely new, unusual and highly surprising creative ideas that continue to emerge, particularly in the fifth year of this award.“
Natalie Mekelburger (Chairwoman of the Board of Management at Coroplast)

Kilometres of adhesive tapes and cables inspired the students

And what convinced first-placed Emily Goede to take part in the competition? The 1,677 m2 of adhesive tapes and the 3,424 m of cables that Coroplast supplied to the University of Wuppertal for the students, of course: “Then I definitely wanted to be involved,” said the winner with a broad smile. Emily’s interactive work of art convinced the judges, as her “Cocoon” is a space that you can enter, giving viewers a very special relationship to the work. Second prize went to Marc Kox for his work titled “Echo”. Marc focused on the concept of the city as a habitat and fascinated the judges with the idea of creating a miniature megacity using tiny elements of Coroplast products.

Lina Weichold, winner of the third prize, convinced the judges with her work named “Element Theatre” because of her creative handling of form, colour and material. Josef Kirschner was joint winner of the third prize for his creation “Pirouetting Tree”, an impressive work in which the artistic object itself only comes into being through the interplay of light and shadow created by the specially installed lighting.

Picture of the winner of CoroArt 2017 Emily Goede
Emily Goede with her award-winning work “Cocoon” – the winner of the CoroArt Award 2017 was very happy to receive a cash prize of 1,200 euros for her efforts.
Picuture of Marc Kox, who won second prize at the CoroArt Award 2017
Marc Kox won second prize for his work “Echo”.
Picture of Josef Kirschner, who won third plaze
Josef Kirschner, who won third plaze, besides his work „Pirouetting Tree"
Picture of Lina Weichold, who won third prize
Lina Weichold also won third prize with her works „Element Theater“
„As the material was delivered, the students’ eyes lit up as they pounced on the wide variety of products.“
Prof. Katja Pfeiffer (Professor of Art at the University of Wuppertal)

Art at Coroplast

After the competition, Coroplast will buy some of the works created by the budding artists and exhibit them at the company premises, enabling Coroplast employees to benefit from the works, too. The love of art has a long tradition at Coroplast that goes back generations and the creative impulse is something the management team feels very strongly about.

Professor Katja Pfeiffer, University of Wuppertal, assesses the cooperation with Coroplast extremely positively: “Coroplast has an authentic way of approaching art, a corporate culture that presents art and puts it within the reach of its employees. That is an important criterion I found convincing in our collaboration with Coroplast.” The ultimate aim is to pass on the spirit of art.

For more information on our commitment to the world of art, click here: Our art Engagement.