St. Louis artists S. Jewell S. McGhee and Nikki Leeper won first place with their collaborated piece, "Words Into Dreams" for the 7th annual outdoor art installation Mannequins on the Loop. Mannequins on the Loop matches artists and designers with the speciality boutiques and restaurants that make up the fabulous Delmar Loop in University City, MO.
S. Jewell S. McGhee and Nikki Leeper were paired with the bookstore Subterranean Books and used the pages of books to adorn their Marie Antoinette style court dress, and to bring to life 7 individual story books.
Recycling has always been a focus of Mannequins on the Loop, and every art piece must be made of reused and repurposed materials, as well as being able to withstand the elements for 3 weeks outside during St. Louis's stormy season. "Words Into Dreams" featured a "take-a-book leave-a-book" library focusing on the "reuse" aspect of the "reduce, reuse, recycle" triumvirate.
At the closing ceremony on June 7, 2015 McGhee and Leeper with Subterranean Books were awarded first place, and second place was a tie between "Sandlewood" by Cameron Tesson representing Sunshine Daydream and "Maiden on a Mission" by Divinemoira Studio representing Mission Taco.