By selecting the best artistic sculpture "Olympic watercolorâ€ť by Boris Sekulic and the best painting "Flame of the peopleâ€ť by Miljenko Simic, students of the Croatian Academies in Zagreb and Rijeka, Croatia Olympic family completed the national and joined the worldâ€™s selection of best works in the international contest "Olympic Sport and Art 2012â€ť, announced in July 2011 by the IOC and the competent Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.
By selecting the best artistic sculpture “Olympic watercolor” by Boris Sekulic and the best painting “Flame of the people” by Miljenko Simic, students of the Croatian Academies in Zagreb and Rijeka, Croatia Olympic family completed the national and joined the world’s selection of best works in the international contest “Olympic Sport and Art 2012”, announced in July 2011 by the IOC and the competent Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.
The artistic sculptures by Paulina Banic (“Olympic wheel”), Ante Antunovic (“Olympic tree”) and Petar Popijac (“Tendon”) were awarded a special award of the Croatian Olympic Academy (HOA) and shall remain the property of the Croatian Olympic family.
HOA has conducted the contest in cooperation with the Croatian Olympic Committee and received 23 works whose artistic and substantial values on the theme of sports and Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect were evaluated by the Committee headed by the Coordinator and the President, painter Ivo Vrtaric. The jury members were appointed among academic sculptors and painters, consisting of Ivan Fijolic (Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb), H.Urumovic (Academy of Applied Arts, Rijeka), Dragan Duzevic (Academy of Arts, Split), D. Susac (Academy of Arts, Osijek), Vanja Zanko (LAUBA Gallery, Zagreb) and Olympic Project Manager at the Croatian Olympic Academy Danira Bilic.
Thirteen works shortlisted for the selection of the best, are exhibited at the Croatian Sports Museum in Zagreb (Praska street 2), and the commemorative ceremony on February 22nd was opened by the honorary IOC member, the first COC president and member of the Council Antun Vrdoljak, in the presence of numerous prominent public figures, among them the COC President Zlatko Matesa, Secretary General Josip Cop, Director of the HOA Milan Kolman, Durda Bojanic director’s assistant at the Museum and numerous members of the Croatian Olympic and artistic family. Top authors were announced by the winner of IOC’s international contest “Olympic Sport and Art 2000”, Croatian sculptor Ante Guberina, author of the sculpture “Olympic chain” that has since been exhibited at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.