InTIREnational Art Contest Showcases Upstate Creativity

Schools, artists, businesses and charities from the Upstate are competing for a $5000 prize and the honor of having the best artistic creation made out of Michelin tires.

March is international month and as part of Upstate International 2016, Michelin is hosting the Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest and Exhibit at the Hughes Main Library, Heritage Green, in downtown Greenville.

Tire creations must show international inclusion in the Upstate by answering the question, How Does the Upstate Celebrate International Inclusion?

27 teams are competing.

To vote, visit www.inspiredtires.com or visit the library and use the QR code by March 31.

Michelin describes some of this years entries below.

Among this year’s entries are:

·        a PalmeTIRE Tree created by the dynamic duo known as Twinnovation. Jason and Zane Meadors crafted a life-size Palmetto Tree entirely out of tires, enclosing a globe within the crescent moon to symbolize international inclusion;

·        a video game-style Michelin Man hand created by Mauldin High School art teachers, Daniel Cvammen and Justin Thompson. The hand is decorated with icons that pay homage to Upstate landmarks, including the Swamp Rabbit Trail, the Peace Center, and the Liberty Bridge at Falls Park;

·        Tire Sushi created by The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. This delectable artwork celebrates our region’s diverse international cuisine from Thai and Asian to Latin American and Cuban to Greek and Mexican.

As part of the 2016 Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest and Exhibit, Michelin will be donating a total of $10,000 to two winning works of art.  One winner, the People’s Choice, will be awarded to the entry that receives the most online votes atwww.inspiredtires.com. The second winner will be selected by a panel of judges. Each winning entry will receive a $5,000 donation to charity.

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