The Art of Bull

It’s product placement taken to the nth degree. This summer, Mt. Pleasant resident Carl Livingston was one of 67 nontraditional artists who found inspiration in branded aluminum cans. This summer Livingston submitted an original creation to Red Bull Art of the Can, a competition that challenged artists to create works using – surprise! – Red Bull cans. Over 200 pieces of energy drink-themed art were registered for the contest; just 67 were selected to be part of the exhibit, all of which are presently on display at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta through Oct. 31. Livingston is an architecture major at Savannah College of Art and Design, but the architecture he’s most familiar with is the lines of classic cars: he restores and customizes vintage vehicles. “I’ve grown up around cars and fabrication with wood, metal, or anything else,” he explains.

For Red Bull Art of the Can, Livingston fabricated a work that evokes a period a few centuries earlier than automobiles: the Middle Ages. His “Medieval Stress” sculpture depicts a hand grasping a sword embedded in a Red Bull can. Livingston says his theme was inspired by a movie, and notes that the project was instigated by one of his professors. The intricacy of the finished piece is surprising, given that the artist used only an X-acto blade, pliers, and a pin as tools. Other works on display include a fully wearable fitted halter mini-dress using 37 Red Bull cans, a Buddha, a full-size foosball table, and a six-foot dragon complete with flashing red eyes. View all the creations at What’s next, somebody tattooing a brand name on her forehead? Oh, wait… –Patrick Sharbaugh

Horsing Around

Are you a creative writer hoping to earn a little money and recognition for your work? Well, get yer butt off the couch and start writing. Crazyhorse, the national literary journal published by the College of Charleston, is seeking short stories and poems for its annual Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize. Judges will select a single work from each genre, and winning authors will receive a fat check for $2,000 and the satisfaction of seeing their work published in a prestigious literary magazine. Writers have until Dec. 16 to enter, and Crazyhorse will announce the winners next April. For entry guidelines and additional information, visit the Crazyhorse website at or shoot an e-mail to –Christy Robertson