The competition for entries has now closed, please check back for updates on the finalists and final commissioning of the sculpture. Thank you.


With 2019 set to be the Year Towards Zero Waste, there is an increased enlightenment in how waste can be transformed into useful resources. Considering Singapore’s land scarcity and the increasing amount of waste generated each year, the “take-make-dispose” model is not sustainable in the long term. In 2017, 7.7 million tonnes of solid waste was generated in Singapore, which is a 37.5% increase from 10 years ago. If we can breathe new life into waste through innovation, this will accelerate Singapore’s vision of becoming a zero-waste nation by 2030.

Based on the theme Turn Waste into Art, the sculpture should draw inspiration from the concept of the Circular Economy and SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities. The sculpture will be made from construction waste materials, that would have otherwise been scrapped. Through the sculpture, we hope to shift mindsets and change behaviour in the community from that of a linear “take-make-dispose” model to a more circular one in which resources are circulated back into the economy and used for as long as possible.


The sculptures will be located at the open plaza and near the information counter of Wisma Geylang Serai (1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001), which is situated at the heart of Paya Lebar Central. Wisma Geylang Serai was developed by the People’s Association and it is a cultural heritage integrated hub that houses the new Geylang Serai Community Club, South East Community Development Council office, Ministry of Health (MOH) Senior Care Centre and Ministry of Social and Family (MSF) Development Childcare Centre and Family Service Centre. It also promotes arts and culture through the Malay Heritage Gallery.

Quoting Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mayor of South East District, Maliki Osman, “The civic centre was meant for government agencies to come together to integrate certain services for the community. At the same time, (it is) also to ensure that we have a space that envisions to be the hub for the Malay community, to be the pulse of the Malay community, where the heritage of Geylang Serai can be understood by Singaporeans.”

Location of both sculptures (facing Geylang Serai road)


The sculpture design should encapsulate the spirit of sustainability and the essence of a circular, zero-waste economy. As far as possible, artists should also incorporate the rich heritage and culture of the site in their concepts.

The sculpture should also:

  • Reflect the vibrancy and liveliness of Wisma Geylang Serai, that exists to serve as a platform for Malay arts and culture, and inspiration for the wider community
  • Take into consideration the context and design elements of its surroundings
  • Appeal aesthetically to a local and international public of all ages
  • Engage the imagination of viewers

As the sculpture will be placed outdoors in the public domain, the design must address issues of maintenance, durability, public safety and vandalism. It should be designed with low maintenance in mind.

The sculpture should be designed as a permanent structure and is required to meet an expected life span of more than 20 years.


Open Category Sculpture

Artists are required to conceptualise their ideas to fit within the given space and dimensions while ensuring structural integrity, safety and weather elements. There is no height restriction at this location.

Student Category Sculpture

Artists are required to conceptualise their ideas to fit within the given space and dimensions while ensuring structural integrity, safety and weather elements.


The Sculpture must be designed with it having to be commissioned using residual building materials provided by City Developments Limited (CDL) from CDL’s construction projects.
Building Materials from our construction which will broadly include:

  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Stones
  • Metal


Open Category

Winner S$10,000
First Runner-Up S$3,000
Merit Award
(Most Creative User of Materials)
Merit Award (Innovative Craftsmanship) S$1,500

Student Category

Winner S$5,000
First Runner-Up S$2,000
Merit Award
(Most Creative Use of Materials)
Merit Award (Innovative Craftsmanship) S$1,000



Closing for Entry –
4 May 2019
  • Closing date for submission of entries.
  • All entries are to be submitted between 9.30am and 8.00pmSingapore Sustainability Academy
    City Square Mall Level 6
    180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
Shortlisting –
May 2019
  • 10 finalists will be selected for each category: Open and Student. The finalists will be given at least 5 weeks to come up with their detailed proposals and maquettes.
End May
  • Participants to be notified on the outcome of the short-listing process by the Organiser or its appointed representative via phone and/or mail or e-mail.
Submission of finalists’ detailed proposals and maquettes –
20 July 2019
  • Closing date for submission of maquettes for short-listed participants.
  • All maquettes are to be submitted between 9am and 6pm to South East Community Development Council office at Wisma Geylang Serai, Wisma 1, Engku Aman Rd, #03-02, S(408528), Attn: Chelsy
Final Judging –
24 July 2019
  • Judges comprising CDL, co-organiser, renowned artists and architects will go through the entries and pick out a finalist from both categories.
Notification of outcome –
Early Aug 2019
  • Participants to be notified on the outcome of the judging by the Organiser via phone and e-mail.
Prize Presentation and Exhibition –
Nov 2019
  • Award ceremony to tie in with suitable events by co-organiser.
  • The winning works, as well as selected short-listed entries, may be displayed at public exhibition with details to be determined.
Commissioning of Sculpture
  • To commence after prize presentation