Sculpture Contest Tops Earth Day Event At NYPA Visitors Center: Get Creative And Help Save The Planet At The Same Time

Teresa Martinez

March 15, 2011


LEWISTON --The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is encouraging visitors of all ages to participate in a sculpture contest which will be one of the featured events at its “Every Day is Earth Day” celebration, Saturday, April 9, at its admission-free Power Vista, the visitors center for NYPA’s Niagara Power Project.

The sculptures should be made of recyclable materials, such as egg and milk cartons, newspapers, toilet paper rolls, plastic grocery bags, and brought to the Power Vista during the event.   Artists are encouraged to be as creative and imaginative as possible, and to draw inspiration from the world around them.

The most creative sculptor will receive a Discovery Pass for four to the Niagara Falls State Park, which includes admittance to the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Observation Tower, Gorge Discovery Center and more – courtesy of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP). Prizes will also be awarded for second and third-place winners.

All of the entered sculptures will be displayed in the Power Vista’s Community Room during the Earth Day event. Entries will be judged by area artists. A contest winner will be announced at 3 p.m.

The sculpture contest is one of many “green-themed” activities at the family-oriented event which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  During the day, visitors can also enjoy free rides on the Niagara Scenic Trolley between the Power Vista and NYSOPRHP’s Gorge Discovery Center, experience exhibits with the visiting Buffalo Zoomobile, enjoy face painting by the YMCA of Lockport’s Teen Leaders Club, and crafts presented by the NYSPRHP Interpretive Center.

Modern Disposal Services Inc. and the New York State Energy Research Development Authority will conduct presentations on recycling and energy efficiency. Other exhibitors includethe Aquarium of Niagara, Buffalo Reuse and more. Parents can enter a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate at the Buffalo Reuse Store.

In addition to Earth Day events, guests are invited to enjoy the Power Vista’s attractions, which include displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history, as well as spectacular views from the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge. Parking and admission at the Power Vista, located at 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, is always free.

For more information, contact the Niagara Project Power Vista at 716-286-6661 or email npvista@nypa.gov


About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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