NASHVILLE—What can you create with used finishing pads? Apparently, quite a lot. The first annual Trash to Treasure art contest saw 18 unusual creations ranging from a 3-D likeness of Whoopi Goldberg to a Star Wars tie fighter to creatures from the deep including a fish, a killer whale and a man called Squidbeard.

Ten of the top entries were displayed at the OLA in the registration area and again during the Labapalooza party on Nov. 7. Trash to Treasure was sponsored by LabTalk magazine, DAC Vision, and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, with the awards being distributed here at last night’s Labapalooza event.

First place honors went to Aearo Company, Chickasha, Okla. for their giant fish complete with finishing pad scales. Second place was presented to Vision Craft, Inc., Huntington, W.Va. for their giant palm tree. Third place honor was awarded to Landmark Optical, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada for their Squidbeard sculpture all in black finishing pads. An honorable mention was presented to Superior Optical Lab, Ocean Springs, Miss. for their Whoopi sculpture in blue finishing pads complete with tinted sunglasses. Many of the entries were featured in a photo spread in the Nov./Dec. issue of LabTalk and the top winners will again be featured in the Jan./Feb. issue as well.

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First place winner, Aearo Company. Second place winner, Vision Craft. 
Third place winner,
Landmark Optical.
Honorable mention honors went to Superior Optical Lab.