Red Bull Art of the Can Pops its Top This Spring

@@img1SANTA MONICA, CA – Recycling takes on a whole new meaning this spring as Red Bull Art of the Can announces its 2006 nationwide search for aluminum-inspired art. The contest asks imaginative individuals across the country to create original works of art out of Red Bull cans. Selected artwork will be displayed in one of three public exhibitions taking place this fall in three cities: Atlanta, Dallas, and Minneapolis. A grand prize winner will be selected in each city and will be awarded an all expense paid trip for two to Art Basel, the world’s premier modern and contemporary art fair in Basel, Switzerland. Interested artists can register online at Artists may only register to have their work displayed in one city. Visit the website for entry deadlines, submission and exhibition information.

Red Bull Art of the Can has been inspiring individuals around the globe since 1997. The first U.S. contest took place in Boston in 2005 in which 400 artists from 44 states and 11 different countries registered their recycled masterpieces. Thirty-three of the best pieces were displayed in a public exhibition at the Artist for Humanity Epicenter and can be viewed online at Other successful Red Bull Art of the Can contests have been held in Austria, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Switzerland.

Red Bull Art of the Can offers a creative platform for anyone, regardless of age or experience to create unique works of art and have an opportunity to showcase it in a public exhibit. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional artist or simply a college student with exceptional doodling skills — anyone and everyone is invited to submit their can creations. Both individual and group submissions will be considered.

The rules of the contest are simple: contestants are asked to use the Red Bull can, a little inspiration and a lot of imagination to conceive a work of art. There are no constraints on creativity. Entries from past Art of the Can contests have included a wall-mounted marlin, a delicately crafted corset, a human-sized interactive kinetic puppet, and an enormous pin-art-style sculpture constructed with over 1,500 Red Bull cans.

A distinguished panel of judges and art critics will determine the top winners in each of the three cities. Their decision will be based on the following criteria: Creative Concept (overall idea behind the piece), Conceptual Execution (how well did the piece translate the concept idea), and Construction (how well the piece is made/ special effort/ unusual medium).

Interested artists can register at and select one city to be considered for. Artists must register by the following dates:

Registration deadline; Public exhibition dates
Atlanta: July 22; October 14 – 31
Dallas: July 22; October 21 – November 5
Minneapolis: August 12; To Be Announced