Encore! Mt. Morris will host the U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition August 11–27 on the former college campus in the center of Mt. Morris.
While on vacation in Germany artist Fran Volz visited a town named Höchenschwand and found an outdoor art gallery full of sculptures made from straw created by artists competing in a straw sculpture competition. It inspired Mr. Volz to create his own a straw sculpture, resulting in an impressive 21-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty. In 2016, Rochelle hosted the first ever U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition. In 2017, the competition will find its permanent home in Mt. Morris, where Encore! Mt. Morris is adding this fine arts event to a growing cultural calendar.
“I’d like to see it grow and attract national and even global sculptors while keeping it a rural and fine arts event,” explained Volz. “This is a connection between farming and urban societies – taking what farmers produce to create what’s often seen in cities in the form of statues.”
. The community development group is working closely with Fran Volz to retain his vision of the contest while expanding it to include more artists and student groups.