Voters have until May 20 to select a fox, trout or bald eagle for the permanent art installation at the new Tahoe South Events Center
Following the unprecedented underwater cleanup of Lake Tahoe by Clean Up The Lake, the Tahoe Fund, with support from Tahoe Blue Vodka, commissioned artists to create a sculpture using some of the objects salvaged from the lake. “Surfaced,” a permanent art installation, will be featured at the new Tahoe South Events Center to educate visitors about what lies beneath Tahoe’s blue waters. Today, the charities are launching a contest inviting the public to vote on which endangered animal form the sculpture will take: a Sierra Nevada red fox, a Lahontan cutthroat trout, or a bald eagle holding a cutthroat trout. of Lahontan. Votes can be cast online until May 20.
“Clean Up The Lake’s incredible effort to haul litter up the 72 miles of Lake Tahoe is nearing completion and the team has already removed over 21,000 pounds of litter,” said Tahoe CEO Amy Berry. fund. “By creating a permanent art sculpture at this wonderful location with some of what was salvaged from the lake, we hope it will inspire greater environmental stewardship and remind those who love Lake Tahoe that it is it’s up to all of us to take care of it. .”
“Our team has been hard at work below the surface of Lake Tahoe over the past year,” said Colin West, founder of the nonprofit Clean Up The Lake. “We are grateful to have such a wonderful place to see our work transformed into a beautiful work of art that will enhance our efforts to improve the environment.”
Known for creating beautiful works of art from recycled and reclaimed materials, the sculpture will be made by internationally acclaimed artists Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova by Building 180. One of their best-known sculptures is “Ethyl “, an 82-foot life-size whale made from 5,000 pounds of hand-recycled trash that was commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Hub Strategy & Communication for a campaign on plastic pollution and ocean conservation.
In 2020, Clean Up The Lake partnered with the Tahoe Fund to raise funds for Lake Tahoe’s first-ever 72-mile scuba cleanup. Thanks to a matching donation of $100,000 from Tahoe Blue Vodka, $25,000 from Vail Resorts, more than 135 Tahoe Fund donors, NDSL’s Lake Tahoe License Plate Program and other granting agencies, the The dive team began cleanup on May 14, 2021. Their effort is expected to be completed on May 10, 2022.
The new Tahoe South Events Center, slated to open in early 2023, will consist of two levels: an event floor, suites, a boardroom and meeting room level, and an event lawn. Seating for up to 6,000 people will be available for concerts, performing arts, trade shows and sports exhibitions, as well as a seasonal micro-transit system. It is expected to host up to 130 events per year with opportunities to extend visits into shoulder seasons and mid-week periods. The projected economic impact for the entire community is estimated to be between $40 million and $60 million per year. When completed, the center will employ approximately 15 full-time and between 200 and 300 part-time staff to organize the events.
To vote on the sculpture design, visit https://tahoesouth.com/surfaced-art/.