Brad Ziegler

Participation Trophy

Participation Trophy culminated in a solo exhibition at Rocket to Venus in Baltimore, Maryland in March 2019.

Participation Trophy is a project designed to combine elements of humor and nostalgia in a way that is both specific to the artist and universally attributed to the millennial generation. Each trophy was shot on the location in which despite having a losing season, an award was still given. The choice of installation location as a restaurant mimics American culture’s fascination with sports memorabilia as decor.

The accompanying book, a 5 foot long double-sided accordion fold, plays with the symbolic weight of an undeserved trophy by making the sum of its earnings too much to comfortably view when held fully extended. 

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