Three local students win Bob Hope Airport banner contest

Most high school art students will have their work hung in a display at their school or in a gallery for art enthusiasts to view it.

However, three local students will have their artwork blown up onto 16-foot-by-26-foot banners to be hung over the entrance of Terminal A at Bob Hope Airport and seen by about 1 million travelers.

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The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority board on Monday honored this year’s first-, second- and third-place winners of the airfield’s annual Tower Banner Student Art Contest, now in its ninth year.

The students, three from each school district in Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, will have their interpretation of “History in Aviation” featured on a wall display inside in Terminal B.

The first-place winner from each school district will have their winning piece turned into giant banner and hung on the tower of the airfield’s main terminal. Each winner will have their illustration on display for three months.

School officials whittled down the more than 219 entries this year to three finalists per district. The arts and culture commissions from each city decided which of the three finalists would take the top prize.

Taylor Castile, a junior at Burbank High School, received top honors for Burbank with an art piece depicting silhouettes of various World War II planes, a Wright Brothers’ plane and a modern commercial airplane flying with yellow and white streaks behind them.

Castile’s illustration will be hung on the tower beginning in June.

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“I wanted to make it colorful, so I made them all different colors and tried to make the background look like a sunset with the planes going into the sunset,” she said.

Castile said the design was something she had to do as an assignment for her photography class and had no intentions of winning the competition.

“At first, I was really iffy on if I was going to win or not, but as I got further into it, I was really confident that I was going to win,” she said.

Senior Austin White, of Crescenta Valley High School in Glendale, won first for his design depicting famous aviators, such as the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart and astronaut Neil Armstrong. White will have his art piece hung on the tower in January 2017.

Jordan Garcia, a sophomore at Pasadena High School, won for his illustration of a seaplane flying over an island as three jets release a trail of red, white and blue smoke. His winning piece will be up on the tower in April 2017.

Caroline Adams, the third-place winner from Burbank High, took a more challenging route with her design. Each of the planes on her piece was drawn by using many dots and connecting them together.

“I made a typical background with some shape tools to make it look more retro, but definitely vectoring was the hardest part,” she said. “It’s just a bunch of dots and connecting them together and I had to shape into a plane.”

Each year, the airport donates $3,000 to each school district for its respective arts program. Bob Hope Airport has donated a total of $25,500 since the competition’s inception in 2008.




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