Friday, August 26, 2011

Coolest Trophy Ever?


Patrick Wilshire just revealed the new Illie Award Trophy. This is an award given to the best traditionally created work of the year, presented at IlluXcon. This is the second year the Wilshires will be presenting this award, and they really went all out by commissioning Thomas Kuebler to sculpt it. The sculpture stands 17 inches tall, and is a one of kind original.

If you've never seen Thomas' work in real life, you are truly missing out! Knowing Thomas, I'm willing to bet this little guy has hand-punched hairs inside of his nose and ears.

To view more of Thomas' work, check out his website at:

And to learn more about the Illie Award, including how to nominate a piece for consideration (even your own), check out the IlluXcon website here:


  1. Good lord, some of those statues are scary! Thanks for the intro to a truly unique and gifted artist.

  2. you can see a similar one in Kenosha right now.

  3. Thanks, Dan!

    Actually this is the second year for the Illie Award. Last year's trophy was an original bronze sculpted by Vincent Villafranca, and was won by Mark Zug for his painting "Helium."

  4. Thanks for the correction, Pat.
    I forgot about that!


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