‘Bubble Delight’ by Cecile & Ronaldo Lobo of Bridgeport finished fourth in visitor voting in “Festival of Lighthouses Contest.” The Lobos — from left, Cecile, sons Alexy and Evan and Ronaldo — won $300.
A whimsical and colorful lighthouse by a Bridgeport couple won the $300 fourth-place prize in the 11th annual “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
“Bubble Delight” by Cecile & Ronaldo Lobo received the fourth most votes from aquarium visitors during the holiday display, which ran from Nov. 17 to Jan. 21, and featured 22 large model lighthouses built by local artists, students and hobbyists.
The Lobos are two-time winners of the lighthouse contest, taking the top prize in 2009 and 2010. They won fifth place last year. Their entry this year is a curvy structure with sides lined with bubble wrap and a front dotted with glass balls full of candy. Colored lights glow from within.
The rules for the aquarium’s “Festival of Lighthouses” are fairly simple — generally, entries must be 3 to 6 feet tall and have a working light. Beyond that, it s up to the creators’ imaginations. The winners are chosen by aquarium visitors, who enjoy the lighthouses in the aquarium galleries and then vote for their favorite. More than 8,600 votes were tallied from this most recent display, which attracted a collection of widely creative works.
“Each year, we are amazed by the incredible amount of thought and effort that folks put into their lighthouses, and for that we are very honored and grateful,” said Chris Loynd, the aquarium’s marketing director. ”We thank all of this year’s entrants, whose creativity added a colorful and festive element to the Aquarium this holiday season.”
To view photos of all the winners, visit maritimeaquarium.org.