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The Foreign Minister honoured the winners of the Ministry's and Beijing Embassy's art competitions

9. October 2015 - 21:56
Minister Kaljurand with the winning artists Mihkel Masso and Kristjan Feodorov.
Minister Kaljurand with the winning artists Mihkel Masso and Kristjan Feodorov.

Today, at a reception held at the Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand announced the winning design of a sculpture competition, which is to be placed in the foyer of the Foreign Ministry. The jury chose the design of Mihkel Masso and Kristjan Feodorov entitled "Viewpoint", from among 11 works. Second prize went to Peter Leinbock for his work "Kinetic", and third prize to the design by Oliver Soomets, Tõnis Hiiessalu and Bruno Lillemets entitled "360 degrees".

The Foreign Minister also honoured the winners of the Beijing Embassy's art competition today, who were announced last week: Johannes and Jaan Luik and Erika Pedak. From among the 27 wall textiles and 18 sculpture designs which were received for the competition, the jury voted "Kulgemine" (Progression) by Johannes and Jaan Luik to be the best sculpture design. In the wall textile category, Erika Pedak (NGO Tartu Artists' Union), "Good News" was chosen to be the best entry.

"I am very pleased, that both competitions received so many interesting designs. You certainly did not makde the work of the jury easy," the Foreign Minister said to the artists who had gathered for the event. "The Foreign Ministry and network of embassies are great enviroments for introducing Estonian art and artists to people from abroad. I invite everyone to also take part in future competitions," she added.

The Foreign Ministry's art competition jury members included Juta Lember from the Estonian Interior Designers Union, Tiiu Kirsipuu from the Estonian Sculptors Association, Gea Sibola Hansen of the Estonian Sculptors Association, Andro Kööp from the Estonian Designers Union / Estonian Artists' Union, and Kaire Jürgenson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' cultural and business diplomacy division.

Artists who participated in the competiion, representatives of various professional associations and members of the jury were invited to take part in today's reception.

The competitions were organized in accordance with the law for ordering works of art, which provides for ordering a work or works of art for public buildings alongside construction projects to the value of at least 1% of the cost of the work. The sculpture for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' lobby was commissioned for 15,000 euros. The cost of the wall textile for the Beijing Embassy is 20 000 euros and the value of the sculpture is 35 000 euros.

Additional informaion about the competition: http://vm.ee/et/kunstiteoste-tellimise-konkursid

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/albums/721576569...

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