are urging artists to highlight cultural elements and appeal to youth
in their proposed designs for the 2022 Winter Olympics mascots as the
submission process enters its final phase.
The organizing committee of the Winter Games began accepting design proposals for the quadrennial event over the weekend.
Public enthusiasm to participate in the competition has been impressive, the Beijing 2022 committee said.
around the competition in the artistic design sector reflects the
country's growing appreciation for the Olympics and the public's
expectations for the Beijing 2022 Games," said Yao Junfei, an official
in the committee's culture and ceremonies department.
such memorable symbols, we expect to see a great demonstration of
Chinese culture, the host's characteristics, and an appeal to young fans
in the design proposals," he said.
The committee will close
the submission process at 5 pm on Oct 31 followed by two rounds of
review and evaluation of all successful bids.
designs are expected to be unveiled in the second half of 2019. The 10
finalists will each receive a cash prize of 10,000 yuan ($1,440), while
the ultimate winners will each be given 100,000 yuan.
worldwide competition of the designs was launched on Aug 8 as part of
China's celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 Beijing
As critical images for the Games' marketing
program, the mascots should feature strong visual impressions as well as
compatibility to fit in all kinds of related products, said Li Zeyi, a
"I think at the very least they
should be eye-catching and pleasantly presented," said Li, who handed in
his design on Saturday morning.
"It's important to highlight
the Olympic spirit and Chinese culture, but it's also critical to make
it popular among youth and compatible for the production of future
merchandise," said Li, a student from Binzhou, Shandong province.
committee has organized multiple symposiums featuring renowned artists
and designers of previous Games' mascots, as well as scholars to discuss
key criteria for the Beijing 2022 mascots.
The 2022 Winter
Olympics will be staged in three zones, downtown Beijing, its northwest
Yanqing district and co-host city Zhangjiakou in Hebei province, making
the Chinese capital the only city in the world to host both the Summer
and Winter Olympics.
The Beijing 2008 Games mascots, called
"Fuwa", or "good-luck dolls", featured five figures-Beibei, Jingjing,
Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini-in traditional Chinese attire. They were
designed by a group headed by artist Han Meilin.
Source by: China Daily
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