Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sandakan Sculpture Competition 2012

It's good time to be creative! By April this year - and this is no April-fool joke - you could be RM18,000 richer.

Harbour Mall Sandakan is inviting all Malaysians - school students, undergraduates from design and art discipline from government or private universities and colleges, and individuals - to submit their design of an iconic sculpture that will best represent Sandakan to the world.


While you can get the full detail and official Entry Form from their website, I have appended herewith a brief summary of what is this competition about:

The best design will be 'brought to life' in the form of a sculpture that will eventually be placed at Sandakan Harbour Square, the Nature City's latest public landmark.


Contestants for the Sandakan Sculpture Competition 2012 must be Malaysian citizens. Only ONE entry per person will be accepted.

1st Prize:RM18,000 cash
2nd Prize:RM5,000 cash
3rd Prize:RM3,000 cash
5 X Consolation Prizes:3D 2N stay at Four Points by Sheraton, Sandakan


Contestants must submit an Official Entry Form and ONE idea (in 2D or 3D sketches, plans, sections, elevation or perspectives; 3D modelling with photo submission; etc) that best illustrates their design intent. Each design must be accompanied by its rationale, in not more than 80 words.

Submission can be done online, by post or by hand. Online submission must be attached with high resolution JPEG or PDF files in not more than 3 MB each. Physical submission must be in A3 size, between 1 to 5 drawings.


Eventual size of the sculpture: Not larger than 6 X 6 X 6 metres (Length X Width X Height). Eventual material for the sculpture: A material that is weather-proof, suitable for outdoor display with minimal / low long-term maintenance (ie; stainless steel, bronze, mosaic, concrete, etc)

Selection Criteria:

Originality and Creativity
Relevance to the site and to Sandakan
Visual impact to the public
Long term maintenance

Competition period is from Thursday, 1st March to Monday, 16th April 2012. All entries must reach the Organiser latest by Monday, 16th April 2012 at 12.00 noon.


To give you a little bit of a head-start, here is an excerpt about Sandakan from a website

Sandakan is the second-largest city in Sabah, East Malaysia, on the north-eastern coast of Borneo. It is located on the east coast of the island and it is the administrative centre of Sandakan Division and was the former capital of British North Borneo. Sandakan is known as the gateway for ecotourism destinations in Sabah, such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves

The area is also infamous as the site of a World War II Japanese airfield, built by the forced labour of 6,000 Javanese civilians and Allied prisoners of war. In 1945, the surviving Australian prisoners were sent on the Sandakan Death Marches; only 6 of them survived the war.

During the early 1870s, the east coast of Sabah was under control of the Sultan of Sulu, who also ruled what is now the southern Philippines. The first European settlement in the area was founded by William Clarke Cowie, a Scottish gun smuggler from Glasgow, who received permission from the Sultan to establish a small trading base. Cowie called his settlement Sandakan, which in Tausug (Sulu) means "the place that was pawned", but it soon came to be known as "Kampung German" after the large number of Germans who also set up posts there.

The Japanese occupation of Sandakan during World War II began on 19 January 1942 and lasted until a brigade of the Australian 9th Division liberated it on 19 October 1945. The Japanese administration restored the name Elopura for the town. One of the atrocities of World War II was the Sandakan Death Marches, when Japanese soldiers decided to move about 2,400 prisoners of war in Sandakan 260 km (160 miles) inland to the town of Ranau.

The prisoners who did not die en route to Ranau were crammed into unsanitary huts; most of those survivors either died from dysentery or were killed by prison guards. When the war ended, Sandakan was totally destroyed, partly from the Allied bombings and partly by the Japanese. As a result, when North Borneo became a British Crown Colony in 1946, the capital was shifted to Jesselton, now known as Kota Kinabalu, (often just called 'KK' locally). Copyright:

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