Award ceremony for the “Stork in Flight” sculpture contest
Hispano-Suiza and Galerie Simonoff are delighted to award the prize for the "Stork in Flight" sculpture contest to Astrid de la Chapelle, from the Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris.
This young artist was a clear winner, with a deeply-felt work that coupled a modern sensibility with the prestigious past of the French company Hispano-Suiza.
About 20 art school students entered the contest. They were invited to create their vision of a modern and stylized Stork in Flight, a sort of "little sister" to the mythical "Cigogne" (Stork) that has been the company's emblem for nearly 100 years.
Hispano-Suiza employees first voted for their ten favorite works, which were then submitted to a jury comprising art professionals as well as top management from Hispano-Suiza and parent group SAFRAN. The award ceremony was held on April 6, 2006 at the Aéro-Club de France, an organization that symbolizes the history and dynamism of the global aviation industry.
Through this cultural patronage initiative, Hispano-Suiza acquires a highly original sculpture, which is free of all reproduction rights. At the same time, the "Stork in Flight" sculpture contest also fostered aviation-themed artistic expression, by encouraging these young artists to draw inspiration from a subject associated with aviation and the legendary past of Hispano-Suiza. It was also an excellent opportunity to promote our corporate culture, and the sculpture contest proved very popular with everybody in the company.