Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

CMoG and WGI Join Forces

Written By: Joe Melillo

Two of the region's biggest tourist attractions joined forces today, in a partnership that will last for years to come.

CMoG and WGI Join Forces
 

June 21, 2012

Corning (WENY) - Two of the region's biggest tourist attractions joined forces today, in a partnership that will last for years to come. Over the past few months, Watkins Glen International and the Corning Museum of Glass have been working together to make a trophy for the winner of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the WGI. Artist Eric Meek and his team of glass blowers wanted to create something that would symbolize the entire region. A solid glass, eight pound cylinder filled with a solid blue core be in the winner's circle this fall. The Blue core is in the shape of the glen's track, and pays tribute to Watkins Glen's gorges and Seneca Lake.

WGI president Mike Printup says this trophy is unlike any other in the racing circuit.

No NASCAR facility out there has anything close to this you can do all the medals or plates or trophy like Eric said you can do all the fruit bowls you want this is not a fruit bowl this is a classic hand made piece of glass that is just unbelievable.

The trophy only took an hour to make but the team of artists had to make it 20 times to get the design just right.