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Railway worker wins EcoArt competition

DESIGNERS from China, Japan and France were awarded yesterday for their artworks made of recycled garbage collected at the Expo site.

The EcoArt campaign, organized by Touchmedia, an interactive media company, began to invite artworks from the public two months ago and offered the winner a free trip to Montreal, Canada.

Tan Lu, a 33-year-old railway worker, emerged as the winner and will travel to Montreal, a city that is sharing its experience of transforming a landfill into a park at the Urban Best Practices Area.

Tan spent more than 10 day cutting and engraving on beverage cans and created an exquisite work featuring a phoenix and peony flowers, which beat more than 39,500 competitors.

The railway worker was so excited about his winning and said he planned to create another piece based on "Along the River during the Qingming Festival" by the Song Dynasty painter Zhang Zeduan (AD 420-479), also in cans.

"I want to prove myself in this way and promote environmental protection and recycling," Tan said.


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