UW School of Dentistry

Dr. Sepideh Torkan wins wire sculpture contest

Wire Sculpture Dancers
Dr. Sepideh Torkan/Dancers

Dr. Sepideh Torkan, a student in the Department of Orthodontics at the School of Dentistry, has won the department’s annual wire sculpture contest with a creation titled Dancers.

Second place went to Dr. Sherwin Habibi for his Phoenix sculpture, while other finalists included Dr.  Yelena Akselrod, Dr. Neal Bastian and Dr. Veronica Toro.

The contest, which is open to first-year orthodontics residents, requires entrants to use orthodontic materials such as wire, rubber bands and dental acrylic.

Entries are judged by a vote of faculty, staff and students in three categories: most esthetically pleasing, most innovative design, and highest technical competence (quality of welding and soldering, for example).

Wire Sculpture-Phoenix
Dr. Sherwin Habibi/Phoenix

Previous contestants have submitted creations including an aquarium with wire decorations and live fish, the Eiffel Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, a winged dragon and the head of the ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

The contest, which began in 1966, was inspired by the late Dr. Ben Moffett, a department faculty member for three decades. After taking a UW art class in form and function, he thought it would be helpful to have someone give weekly lectures on the subject at the School of Dentistry. The lectures drew strong interest, which led to the creation of the contest.

Wire Sculpture - Flower and Candle
Dr. Veronica Toro/ Flower and Candle
Wire Sculpture - Man Spinning the Wheel of Life
Dr. Yelena Akselrod/ Man Spinning the Wheel of Life
Wire Sculpture of Boeing 787
Dr. Neal Bastian/ Boeing 787