WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A White Plains mason won the “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for the fourth time.
Pedro Davila took home the $1,500 first place prize for receiving the most votes from Aquarium visitors for his entry, “Black Rock.” Davila also won the contest in 2003, ‘05 and ’08. Like all of his previous entries, his lighthouse this year was made of precisely detailed in-laid stone. It’s a traditionally shaped, conical lighthouse, with several wooden windows set on a rocky base with a stone stairway.
This 13th annual holiday display ran from Nov. 22 to Jan. 19, and featured 24 large model lighthouses built by local artists, students and hobbyists. The contest’s winners are chosen by Aquarium visitors, who enjoyed the lighthouses in the aquarium galleries and then voted for their favorite. More than 12,000 votes were tallied in this most recent display, which attracted a collection of widely creative works.
The prizes were awarded at a Jan. 22 ceremony at the Aquarium:
“Once again, we were able to offer Aquarium visitors a very fun and creative holiday display, all thanks to the thought and effort that our contestants put into their lighthouses,” said Chris Loynd, marketing director. “For that, we are very honored and grateful.”
Photos of all the winners can be seen here .
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