German wood artist Ernest Gamperl has been announced as the 2017 Loewe Craft Prize winner at the Official College of Architects of Madrid in the Spanish capital. Gamperl’s artwork Tree of Life 2 bagged the €50,000 Loewe Craft Prize amongst 26 other entries in the competition.
The artist, who is now 52, has been working with wood for over 30 years. He also farms and plants trees. Described as an object that is both beautiful and one that teaches us about the importance of recycling, Gamperl’s artwork has also received praise for displaying material integrity, possessing technical innovation and creative vision as well as being skillfully crafted.
The judging panel includes renowned figures from the world of design, architecture, journalism and museum curatorship such international design luminary Patricia Urquiola, Director of London’s Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic and Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Naoto Fukasawa.
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