Upcycling Waste into Works of Art

Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka, launched the Elephant R.U.N. (Reuse + Upcycle = New Art) competition in 2015. The competition was open to Sri Lankan residents to create Asian elephant sculptures using only discarded materials. This is the Elephant R.U.N. journey...

What is Elephant R.U.N.?

Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka, launched the Elephant R.U.N. (Reuse + Upcycle = New Art) competition in 2015. The competition was open to Sri Lankan residents to create Asian elephant sculptures using only discarded materials.

The free-style challenge demonstrates how conservation and art can go hand-in-hand, and that unwanted objects can be upcycled into inspirational works of art.

The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of the current threats to the survival of wild Asian elephants in Sri Lanka, such as elephant-human conflict, habitat loss and fragmentation, and illegal hunting.

Finalists

Congratulations to our 18 finalists, who submitted a total of 21 elephant sculptures.

The sculptures are installed at Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort and Spa.

Winners

Prizes were awarded to Elephant R.U.N. winners by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, at the opening ceremony of Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort and Spa on 1st June 2016.

Congratulations to the winners.

Youth winner
Yashara Wickramasurendra and the pupils of Shyamala School of Art

Adult winner
Nirmal Ranasinghe

Originality prize winners
Asela Perera
Samitha Anuradha
Roshan Weerasinghe

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Elephant R.U.N.

Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa
Sittrakala Estate, Chithragala, Ambalantota, Sri Lanka

Tel: (94 11) 255 2060
Website: shangri-la.com/hambantota
Email: slht@shangri-la.com