A team named Making Time Visible led by Jesse Standlea of Upland won first place in the Fairís Watch Art Happen art towers competition. Second place team, °Chilli Rippaz!, led by Mike Severin of La Verne, built a tower of playing cards with the Joker prominently featured. Third place winners, led by Kyrk Stiffler of Upland, built a people-powered Teeter Totter Tower. Artist teams constructed their towers during the Fair in an outdoor area adjacent to the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts.
Artists were charged with creating art towers from salvaged materials drawing inspiration from architecture such as the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Temple of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Each tower was judged on several criteria, including the incorporation of movement representing the passage of time, the theme of the Fairís The Making of Art exhibition in the Millard Sheets Center.
A panel of jurors consisting of Dona Avila of Pomona, former art teacher and art collector; Tony Anguiano, representative of Airgas, distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, technical advisor and supplier of welding supplies for the competition; and Phillip Graffham, artist and co-founder of the Pomona Arts Colony announced their decision Saturday, Oct. 3. Fairguests cast their votes for the Peopleís Choice Awards as the art towers were built during the Fair. Teeter Totter Tower earned the most public votes, followed by °Chilli Rippaz! and Making Time Visible.