Authoring this blog about art environments by non-professionals may be kind of a passion, but that is nothing compared to the passion that is shown by those who create these environments.
Some spend a large part of their life to making these creations, like Justo Gallego Martinez who is building a cathedral in Mejorado del Campo, Spain, or Veijo Ronkkönen from Finland, who during his life created a sculpture park of over 500 items depicting a variety of people, or Bodan Litnianski, from France, who created a garden of wonders from found objects and waste material, or... or.....
This blog so far has over 250 examples of passionate, creative activity by men and women in European countries, who in terms of social stratification would be classified as ordinary people, but who in creative or artistic terms can be seen as very very special.
Some of these people have become known to the general public, but many of them remain unknown, their creations often being destroyed after their death.
Now there appears to be a European Award for people with lifelong passions, like the creative passionates in this blog, or those who are exploring other fields of human activity.
From origin an award for visual art, granted by the Italian city of Laives, meanwhile the theme has been broadened to passions.
In 2012 the award (first prize euro 8.000) was granted for the second time. Everyone could nominate candidates, or register him/herself.
In May 2013 the jury announced the winners of 2012:
1st prize: Luigi Lineri, from Zevio, Italy, a passionate collector since the 1970s of specific stones from the bed of a nearby river, assorting and exposing them according to their characteristics
2nd prize: Mario Andreoli, from Manarola, Italy, who from the 1980s on every Christmas time creates a Christmas scene with lots of self- made illuminated characters on a hill in his hometown
3rd prize: Sabrina d'Alessandro, who is passionate in tracing (Italian) words that no longer are used and promoting their re-use
The Internet has no information about activities related to the award in the years after 2013.