Dr. Blake Davis’ design of an angler hooking a catch from a boat has won the annual Department of Orthodontics sculpture contest. Dr. Soleil Roberts’ wire bust of an ancient Egyptian queen was voted runner-up.
Since 1966, the department has conducted the contest for first-year residents. Entries are judged by popular vote, and competitors must use predominantly orthodontic materials, such as wire, rubber bands and dental acrylic.
Previous contests have included sculptures of a guitar, a geisha figure, a model town, the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, a strand of DNA and the Lion King.
Inspiration for the contest came indirectly from the late Dr. Ben Moffett, a School of Dentistry professor emeritus of orthodontics. In the 1960s, he took a UW art class in form and function and found the material so useful that he arranged for weekly lectures on the subject at the School of Dentistry. That in turn led to the contest.