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Gareth @ MAKE points us to this awesome-looking Smart Art Competition:

To show how discarded items can be redesigned into works of art as well as functional everyday items.

Prizes
First Place • $2,000 Cash Award
• Future exhibition opportunity in a highly visible San Francisco
venue or museum
• Featured in the online Art Gallery of the SMART Art Competition website
• Displayed as part of the Art Exhibit of the Plastiki Launch Party

Second Place • $500 Cash Award
• HP laptop computer
• Featured in the online Art Gallery of the SMART Art Competition website
• Displayed as part of the Art Exhibit of the Plastiki Launch Party

Third Place • Treasure Chest of Art Supplies
• Featured in the online Art Gallery of the SMART Art Competition website
• Displayed as part of the Art Exhibit of the Plastiki Launch Party

Top 20-30 • An honorable mention

Finalists • Featured in the online Art Gallery of the SMART Art Competition website
• Displayed as part of the Art Exhibit of the Plastiki Launch Party

Deadline
Submissions to be received by midnight PST Friday April 10 2009

Finalists Announced

Friday April 17 2009

Award Ceremony
Plastiki Launch Party (exact date TBA).
First, Second and Third Place winners will be announced at the Launch Party.
The work of the top winners as well as the 10-20 Finalists will be displayed as
part of the Art Exhibit at the Plastiki Launch Party.

Trash Into Treasure Guidelines

SCULPTURES
Over 80% of the materials used in the sculpture must be recovered,
reused or recycled. Exceptions would be glue, nails, adhesives and other
materials needed to hold the sculpture together.

FUNCTIONAL ITEMS
For example: chairs, benches, tables, lamps, modes of transportation,
clothing etc. The majority of materials used must be from recovered,
reused or recycled materials. Note: Furniture must be sturdy, safe and
able to hold a 120 pound person.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographs of the following subjects may be submitted: garbage,
discarded items, recyclable materials such as paper/metal/glass,
ingenious uses of trash, the impacts of humans on environmental
landscapes (including the impacts of man made trash as well as the
impacts of the natural resource extractive industries).

VIDEO
Video submissions may be no longer than 3 minutes and must contain at
least one of the following themes: garbage, discarded items, ingenious
uses of trash, recycling, the impacts of humans on environmental
landscapes (including the impacts of man made trash as well as the
impacts of the natural resource extractive industries).

MUSIC
Music submissions composed using instruments made from discarded
items e.g. garbage cans, parts of old cars, oil drums, plastic bags, glass
bottles etc.

How to Submit
All submissions (including required attachments) must be
submitted by: Midnight PST Friday April 10 2009

Note: Online submission forms available at www.smartartcompetition.com

For all additional inquiries please e-mail: [email protected]