Victoria Eaton
Honorable Mention

AwardHonorable Mention

SchoolJohn Carroll High School

CityFort Pierce, Florida

TeacherMartha Cross

InternEmerson Thacker


This bust combines classical hand-and-tool statuette and contemporary wire sculpture to represent spinal cord injury studies. Artistic nude was chosen for the medium because it reflects a traditional style that realistically represents perfection. Large and small spinal fibers extend throughout the body, allowing painful sensations to race through the axons, as explained by the Gate-control Theory. These large fibers are represented as braided wires, with smaller fibers either protruding from these braided wires or stemming from the spinal cord itself, which has been aesthetically exaggerated. The wires at the top of the neck symbolically attach to the brainstem.