On Sunday, I went down to Sengkang Square for the showcase of the winning entries in Design-A-Bin contest, organised by the National Environmental Agency (NEA). Apparently there was a series of activities going on but I didn’t manage to tour all of them!
The event actually marks the launch of Clean & Green Singapore 2011 Launch & Carnival. This is in conjunction to encourage youth participation in keeping our country litter-free. Thus, the “Design-A-Bin” contest was introduced to attract young talents.
|Entrance of CGC 2011|
The contest attracted more than 2,000 entries and there are 7 winners as voted by the people. The winning designs showcased the creativity and the environmental messages that they wish to send.
After the prize presentation, I had the opportunity to talk to Tess Moh, the Gold Prize winner for this contest:
In short, her black and white bin aimed to convey the message that an empty is as dull and mundane as B/W and it finds its usefulness only when it is filled with colourful rubbish. I like that concept.
|Picture with Tess, love her shoes btw.|
|The bin a little out of shape coz’ she sat on it for photography purposes! Haha.|
Also, meet Abu Bakar Bin Othman, who is the youngest winner (15yo) of the “Design-A-Bin” contest:
His bin has a personality, where by relishing the bin with a pair of hungry-looking eyes and dirty lips, he has designed a “litter maniac” who is always hungry for litter! He seemed a little overwhelmed when I talked to him, he was just smiling non-stop, even to himself. 😀
|With Mdm Toh|
Then, I talked to Mdm Toh Chiow Tee, who is the oldest winner (55yo) of the contest. She wants to make use of the bright colours to capture the attention and spread the joy of responsible littering.
Top two winners went home with an iPad each! See what the rest of the winners got to take home with them:
|Even got digital camera!|
Why didn’t I know about this contest earlier? 😦
|All the winners with their designs|
The doggy bin in the foreground won the most creative design.
|Did you noticed Joanna and I attempted to be environmental-friendly? ;3|
Joanna went to the event with me and she told me about the Litter Munchers experience at Holland Village. >>
The NEA had launched its Litter Munchers earlier this year to promote the same campaign. This online contest had drawn many public participation and Sunday was the showcase of the winners’ designs.
I am in full support for similar activities because it doesn’t stifle the creativity of young people, and allow them to do something that they are actually passionate about. On top of that, because these bins now look so attractive, it is a constant reminder for me to always bin it now!
Local celebrity Edmund Chen is the Cleanliness Ambassador was present as well and he, along with the contest winners, designed the bins.
Here, Edmund Chen and the rest of the winners add the finishing touches to their designs, and these bins will be laced at Punggol Secondary School community indoor sports hall, which is a littering hotspot.
Youths are seen hanging around that area very often and this anti-litter message bins will motivate them to bin their rubbish.
Edmund Chen, as part of the highlight of the show and prize presenter, was delighted to be part of this meaningful campaign. He elaborated more on the concept of his bin design:
Translated, he hopes that our environment will be cleaner, such that the grass/pastures remain green and luscious, the sky to be very blue, lined with white fluffy clouds and bunnies hopping around.
Did you know that Edmund Chen is also a self-taught artist and illustrator? His artworks has gone into five commercial children’s books!
Found a little girl standing next to me, shy but expresses her admiration towards Edmund Chen and also her love for the environment (check out her tattoo).
|HP, Joanna, Taqinah, Don, Thiang!|
Other than the showcase of the bins, they have meaningful booths set up by various corporations to inform the public, lucky draw and even games for the children.
I rather like that idea, it’s like a mini maze of its own.
The performances and lucky draw drew the largest crowd next to the bin showcase.
Finally, I went to Iluma for project rehearsal after viewing all the bin designs again:
|“Colouring one’s life”; “Gold Mine”; and “Litter Maniac”|
|“Bin Boy”; “Doggie Bin” and “Clean & Green Singapore”|
|“Joy Bin”; “Burp”; and “Bin Boy”|
Which one is your favourite?