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Island metal craftsperson wins grand prize in international competition

Angellos Glaros’s Blue Heron selected over 870 entrants in Metal My Way
Angellos Glaros’ Blue Heron metal sculpture won the top prize in ‘Metal My Way’ contest. (Submitted photo)

A Nanaimo metal worker has been announced as the grand prize winner of an international contest showcasing contestants’ craftsmanship by how they transformed ordinary metal into inventive creations, innovative tools or works of art.

According to a release, Angellos Glaros won the annual Metal My Way competition, put on by Metal Supermarkets, for his piece Blue Heron. The artwork took 425 hours to complete, and includes 1,200 individually made feathers that were plasma cut, sanded, shaped carved and textured with a die grander and curved with a fly press anvil. The legs were forged and tapered with a power hammer.

“I spent hundreds of hours designing and building the Blue Heron, which involved various tools, techniques and metals to bring it to completion,” said Glaros in the release. The release noted that more than 870 submissions were received from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Winning submissions were chosen based on criteria such as complexity, detail, intricacy, uniqueness, creativity, craftsmanship, quality of metal used and ingenuity.

The annual Metal My Way competition awarded one grand prize and five category prizes.

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