Singapore, 16 July 2020 – Winning designs for the “Mask For The Nation” competition have been unveiled! Standout artworks from three individuals - Anwar Rafiee, 39, Sharon Liew, 31, and Soh Xin Hui, 25 - have been picked for their beautiful portrayals of the “Singapore Together” theme in this mask-designing competition.
Harnessing the power of imagination, Rafiee created an abstract design using minimal colours to depict a lion’s head which transitions into a tapestry of hands to portray people’s sincerity in helping one another. Liew’s artwork, entitled “Let’s Come Together and Stand as One”, employed monochromatic colours to illustrate our people and to signify unity that is regardless of race, language, religion or occupation. Soh’s design, which features a façade of a block of HDB flats, draws on the idea of the “kampong spirit”, where people are closely bonded and always ready to help each other in times of need.
From a pool of 55 shortlisted submissions (out of more than 3,000 submissions received in total), these were the top designs selected through: public voting (30 percent weightage); and scoring by a panel of judges from Mediacorp and its corporate partners (70 percent weightage) based on the following criteria:
- Story of artwork;
- Creativity and originality of the design in depicting the theme of “Singapore Together”;
- Quality of artistic composition and overall design;
- Overall impression of the design; and
- Complete and well written submission materials.
Not only will they each walk away with $1,000 in cash or prizes, their facemask designs will also be sent for production alongside a specially-commissioned piece by 30-year old Ang Wei Lun, an artist with cerebral palsy. This commission is part of SG Enable’s i’mable initiative, which aims to celebrate the abilities of persons with special needs, and Ang’s piece celebrates Singapore as a modern city with well-known icons like the Merlion, Singapore Flyer and Changi Airport. Ang also has two other artworks featured on the NDP2020 Singapore Together packs and Our Heart for Singapore cards.
Together, 30,000 masks of the four designs will be available for purchase by the public on www.lazada.sg/shop/mediacorp-mask-for-the-nation at $10 each (price excludes prevailing taxes and fees by Lazada). In addition, limited edition gift sets will be produced courtesy of co-sponsor BMW. A total of 550 sets will be available for sale at $45 each (price excludes prevailing taxes and fees by Lazada) on Lazada as well, with each set comprising the four mask designs plus a fifth design selected by BMW, all encased in a specially designed mask pouch. Proceeds from the sales of both the regular masks and the BMW gift set will go to the Mediacorp Enable Fund, a community fund supporting persons with disabilities and administered by SG Enable.
The public can also participate in BMW’s “Spot & Win” contest from 27 July to 16 August, where 55 lucky winners will each take home a limited edition gift set and $100 worth of grocery vouchers. Details of the contest can be found at mediacorp.sg/maskforthenation from 27 July onwards.
Please refer to mediacorp.sg/maskforthenation for more details of all five mask designs.
Oliver Chong, Mediacorp’s Head of Marketing & Communications, said: “We are delighted with the enthusiastic response to ‘Mask For The Nation’ and would like to thank everyone, from designers and voters to our sponsors, for their contributions. Through this initiative, we have seen Singaporeans from all walks of life come together as we face the challenges ahead as a nation. We also look forward to the public’s generous support in purchasing the masks, which will go a long way in supporting persons with disabilities.”
“Mask for the Nation” aims to bring people together in a concerted and inclusive display of unity and solidarity as Singapore looks forward to celebrating our National Day even as we continue the fight against COVID-19. The nationwide initiative is presented by Mediacorp in partnership with BYD Care together with main sponsors Allianz Insurance Singapore, Shakura and Dorra, and co-sponsor BMW.