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Student designers apply their talents to Philadelphia mansions

on Monday,November 23,2009 21:11

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Philadelphia''s Fairmount Park is well known as the home to a large collection of public art and rapturous architectural marvels like the Woodford Mansion and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A recent exhibit of local artists has combined the two, as a student design competition tasked 39 artists representing a multitude of disciplines with reimagining the areas historic mansions.

The competition drew students from the Moore College of Art and Design, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City, who produced 54 unique reinterpretations of the legendary structures through separate styles ranging from photography and fashion design to painting and sculpture.

Top honors for the event, totaling $1,000, went to a digital photo collage reflecting the Georgian-themed Mount Pleasant mansion adorned by three tall ships to reflect the home''s naval history.

Second prize went to a local fashion designer who created a multicolored print fabric gown featuring a plunging back line fastened with silver chains.

The top five entries, collectively referred to as Fairmount Park''s Elite, are currently on display on the fifth floor of the Philadelphia City Hall

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