The Patrón Spirits Company announces the Grand Prize winner of the third “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Contest, an initiative encouraging artisans across the country to use Patrón’s signature bottles as artistic inspiration for a chance to win $10,000.
Scott Innes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was named the winner over nine other finalists with his entry titled “The Art of Relaxation,” a handmade, oversized hammock that weaves together precisely 1,523 corks he collected from various Patrón bottles, including Patrón Silver, Patrón XO Cafe, and Gran Patrón Platinum.
“I’m enormously proud to be selected as this year’s Art of Patrón winner, as it really shows how hard work and dedication can truly pay off. When I started saving Patrón corks 15 years ago, I knew one day I’d use them to create something extraordinary,” said Innes. “The contest was a great motivation to submit my work and showcase my passion for Patrón. It’s an honor to be recognized by fans and judges from across the country and I want to thank everyone who voted.”
To enter the “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Contest, applicants created an original work of art or functional item that contained, was made from, or depicted a Patrón bottle or component. Along with the art, entrants submitted a short essay describing the inspiration behind the piece.
“It’s inspiring to see the level of artistry and passion behind the diverse array of entries representing the iconography of our bottle,” said Lee Applbaum, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Spirits. “The level of inventiveness in Scott’s hammock is simply perfect. From its complex framework to the intricate detailing of its cork-woven design, this innovative, functional art piece so remarkably captures the spirit and creativity we pride ourselves on at Patrón.”
After receiving hundreds of entries, a panel of judges (representing artisans, media, and past Art of Patrón winners) selected 10 finalists based on overall creativity, unique use or representation of the Patrón bottle, visual appeal, and the persuasiveness of his/her essay. From Nov. 7-13, 2016, the top 10 submissions were featured on the Art of Patrón website, www.ArtofPatron.com, for public voting to help select one entry as the Grand Prize winner. Innes netted the highest total score from combining the Judging Panel Score with the Public Vote Score to win $10,000 and national exposure for his art. The remaining nine finalists each received $1,000.
Innes joins the ranks of previous Grand Prize winners including Rebecca Stoneback of Asbury Park, New Jersey and Brandon Montgomery of Phoenix, Arizona. Last year, Stoneback created the winning entry entitled “La Abeja,” a one-of-a-kind necklace that features 60 handmade beads representing the 60 hands used to create Patrón tequila. In the first year of the contest, Montgomery submitted “Batalla de los Espiritus,” an original chess set and table made from 52 Patrón bottles and 16 corks. Each of these pieces were inspired by the rich history and artisanal process behind Patrón tequila.
Following each competition, both the winning entries and original works from top finalists become showpieces at Patrón events throughout the year where guests can see the custom designs in person.