Pomona students swept the RE:BOOK 2013 contest held by the Claremont Colleges Library. Taking first place was Leo Estrada '16, with the 3D collage "By Love Possessed." In second was Emily Proulx '16 with "Hanging Chads," a 3D sculpture of a tiny tree and triangle flags. Rounding out the winners in third was Ivette Guadarrama '13 with "Book Style," a purse and fedora.
Held in honor of National Library Week, April 14-20, the library contest invited entries that "creatively repurposed old paperbacks, printouts, magazines, textbooks or notebooks." (They did discourage the repurposing of viable books.)
Estrada used only one book for his projects, a condensed Reader's Digest from around 1950. "The project was motivated by the illustrations already inside. There was a vintage look to all the pictures, and I wanted to recreate the world they came from by combining them on one page. I did title my work 'By Love Possessed' as both the issue represented in my piece and as the title of the story within the Digest that most of the images were cut from."
The contest received 19 entries representing all of the undergraduate campuses as well as Claremont Graduate University. Amazon gift card prizes ranged from $250 for first place to $50 for third.