Singapore’s 1st Art of Trash Competition Exhibition Launches At Ang Mo Kio Public Library

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The exhibition will showcase artworks made from upcycled materials by the winners and finalists of this nationwide competition.

Venue: Ang Mo Kio Public Library
Date: 16 Mar to 13 Apr 2023

The Art of Trash Competition

A sequel to the highly successful Trash-Sure campaign launched in 2022, Singapore's inaugural The Art of Trash Competition called for submissions in 3 categories (i.e., Primary School, Secondary School, and Open Category) and received over 190 submissions, including strong entries from those as young as 7 years old and people with special abilities.

The artists were made to draw inspiration from Bordalo II's art installation at Gardens by the Bay and to create their original art pieces that showcase sustainability. Members of the Jury including Bordalo II himself selected 22 finalists and 9 winners.

Featured Works

Here's a list of some of the notable works:

Winner of "Primary School" Category - CORAL CALAMITY

The winning installation CORAL CALAMITY by a 12-year-old whose artwork urges for less plastic pollution in the ocean which is the biggest carbon sink; warning that 50% of corals will be bleached with global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Open Category - STOP sign

A dramatic STOP sign made from recycled materials to plea for us to stop overconsumption and reduce waste by consuming less.

"Project SHERO" by Tan Siew Ling and Shannon Yip

Photo Credit: Tan Siew Ling and Shannon Yip

Siew Ling, who is deafblind, worked with Shannon to create an installation made completely of recycled materials to convey the message of coral bleaching as a result of global warming.

Special Mention - "I AM STUFFED WITH FOOD " by Allan Cai

Photo Credit: Allan Cai

Allan Cai, who has Down Syndrome alerts us of the 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted per year.


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Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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