Pinoy Sculptor Wins Big At Symposium International de Sculpture In Switzerland

Filipino sculptor Gilbert "Gano" Alberto won two of the four awards given at the at the 2013 Symposium International de Sculpture held from June 5 to 16 in Morges, Switzerland.

Alberto’s winning piece, "Swiss Wind," a wooden version of the Swiss traditional musical instrument, alphorn, bested 31 other entries from participating sculptors all over the world.

"Swiss Wind" received both the “Prix du Public 2013-Bois,” an award voted upon by the public through printed ballot, and the “Prix des Artistes 2013,” which was voted upon by the participating artists through secret balloting.

Swiss artist Harriet Daniel and Spanish artist Patout Ariane took home the other two awards, the "Prix du Public-2013-Pierre" and the "Prix des Artistes," respectively.

During the competition, the participants were each given the same size of their preferred medium with no particular theme. Each sculptor was given the liberty to work on the subject of his choice. Alberto chose the alphorn for its similarity in sound with the traditional instrument of the mountain people in northern Philippines.

Alberto bagged two awards in the same competition in 2011. He used stone as his medium of work back then.

A self-taught Igorot artist, Alberto believes in the spiritual world as a means to effect social change and prefers to use environment-friendly materials, such as driftwood, for his sculptures.

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  1. It's great he wore traditional Ifugao wear. His works make me truly proud to be Pinoy. I would have liked to treat the Swiss with an Cordilleran gong fest. Not a lot of people get to experience that!