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Port City Colombo invites university students for remarkable competition
Port City Colombo is marking yet another milestone event in the country in its next phase of development. The project recently launched ‘Envision the Future’ a sculpture design competition to design a beach sculpture and an interactive wall targeted at budding local designers. The iconic sculptures and first of its kind interactive wall that will adorn the country’s largest landmark development project, Port City Colombo, are set to become local monuments that will be identified globally.
The design competition is a part of the Port City Colombo’s launch initiatives and aims to capture the Sri Lankan spirit through several strategic monuments that will act as beacons when the project is identified globally. With several phases of the project already underway, such as the public beach and parks, the sculptures and the interactive wall will be a part of its next stage of development. Adopting the post COVID19 ‘New Normal’, entire competition will be conducted on a digital platform via www.envisionthefuture.lk
Partnering with Academy of Design to mentor design concepts in the competition and ARTRA magazine as the official ART partner, Port City Colombo invites its stakeholders, the next generation, to contribute to the design of this monumental project. The sculpture design and interactive wall concept competition is open to Sri Lankan nationals who are undergraduate and Master’s students currently enrolled in any registered university in the country or overseas and reading in the fields of art, architecture, design, engineering and/or any other programme that aligns with creativity. Graduates who have completed their degree in the academic year 2019/2020 are also eligible to apply. Individuals can apply as a solo applicant and as a member of a team (a maximum of 2 submissions), however, a team is limited to a maximum of 3 members.
The winning concepts will be awarded with more than LKR 700,000 in cash prizes and will be chosen to construct at the Marina District beach at the Port City Colombo premises. The winning individual/team of each competition will be called upon to cooperate with an international construction company selected by CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Limited to create the sculpture.
Made up of five precincts - a financial district, central park living, international island, the marina and island living, Port City Colombo is a world-class city for South Asia in the making. Port City Colombo sits on 269 hectares of land reclaimed from the sea and was declared a part of the Colombo Administrative District last year. During the last month, the government has approved USD 1bn investment proposal by the project company to develop the first vertical development in Port City Colombo.
Built to ensure the future prospects of the next generation, Port City Colombo is considered the most futuristic project in Sri Lanka at present.