Sentinel V1.0 by Pat Pruitt. Photo: Pat Pruitt Metalsmith

Pueblo artist Pat Pruitt wins 'Best of Show' for sculpture based on traditional pot

Artist Pat Pruitt of Laguna Pueblo took home the top award at the Santa Fe Indian Market last week.

Pruitt won "Best of Show" for a unique metal sculpture titled Sentinel V1.0. He said it was a tribute to his debut at the popular market in New Mexico 10 years ago.

"10 years later...with new materials, new techniques, new homage to where I live, where I come from, what I have learned, what I appreciate," Pruitt wrote in a post on Facebook.

Pruitt based the shape of the sculpture on a traditional piece of Pueblo pottery. He built it out of more than 800 individual components of zirconium and titanium, "flawlessly combining the traditional Laguna pottery silhouette with some of the most advanced technology on the rez," he said in his post.

The award came with a cash prize of $10,000, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Read More on the Story:
Laguna Pueblo artist wins top prize at Santa Fe Indian Market (The Albuquerque Journal August 18, 2017)
A masterpiece 760 hours in the making (The Santa Fe New Mexican August 18, 2017)
Indian Market 2017 winners (The Santa Fe New Mexican August 18, 2017)

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