This article by Tyler Shuey was originally published on the Bainbridge Island Review on June 29, 2021
Although the Bainbridge Island Public Art Committee’s Something New program is just in its third year, one artist duo has already won the competition twice.
The team of metal sculptor Milo White and glass artist Lin McJunkin recently won the Something New competition with their creation of Fossil II, which was displayed on Winslow Way near Town & Country Market. They also won the inaugural competition in 2018 for their Iris Flare sculpture.
The artifact has since been removed and was sold to a private party after a ceremony last week for the competition winners. The art team was recognized by members of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge and received a $1,000 check and a letter of accolade from the city of Bainbridge Island.
“We’ve been collaborating for about ten years now,” McJunkin said at the ceremony. “We both have our own practices but we also work together. We’re thrilled Bainbridge has kind of adopted us.”
Regarding the next Something New competition, the dominant duo hopes to enter again to see if they can add to their list of accolades and take a firm grasp on this newly introduced art contest.
“Bainbridge has been incredibly supportive of our work, and we’d love to continue our relationship with them,” McJunkin said. “But it depends on our schedule and if we can take time from our commissioned work to create work ‘on spec’ for loans to city programs like this one.”