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NZ teen's garbage violin grabs top eco prize

A garbage violin designed by a teenaged Chinese New Zealander won the top prize at a national eco-friendly art designing contest in the city today - beating hundreds of contestants from all over the world.

Monica Liaw, 17, stood out from other entrees for the Eco Art China 2011 contest with her work named "Recycle the music," consisting of a violin made from recycled waste.

Liaw used waste materials, such as windscreen wipers, plastic rope, screws, a spoon and paper - plus her fertile imagination - to create the artwork that attracted 198,356 of the total 335,000 votes.

Launched in May, Eco Art China 2011 was the third eco-art design contest held in Shanghai, requiring contestants to submit art pieces made from waste to organizer Touchmedia.

Passengers cast their votes by using touch screens embedded in the headrest of taxi chairs in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen over the past two months.

Three contestants, respectively from Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan, shared the runner-up prize, Touchmedia said.

All the prize-winning works, more than 100 pieces from nine cities in China and another 13 countries, will be on display at Yueda 889 Plaza (889, Wanhangdu Road) until the end of this month.


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