A LANDSCAPE architect was bursting with pride when he was announced the winner of the inaugural Seberang Prai City Council Landmark Archway Design Competition.
Using Sketch Up and Adobe Photoshop design software, Muhammad Jafni Muhammad Azmi, 28, took only a week to complete his masterpiece design called ‘The Perai Curved’.
“I am proud that I can contribute something toward my homestate, ” he said at the prizegiving ceremony at Menara Bandaraya in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Muhammad Jafni, a UiTM graduate, said his design was inspired by Penang Bridge.
He also took the colours of the Penang flag as the main hues for his artwork.
“The archway, when completed, will include a solar panel system to generate power for the council emblem and creative lettering in LED lighting.
“The archway is also energy efficient and can reduce our carbon footprint.
“Best of all, it uses zero electricity and the system will be practically maintenance-free, ” he said.
For his effort, Muhammad Jafni won RM1,000 and a trophy presented by council mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud at a simple ceremony after a full council meeting.
Rozali said the competition held from Dec 4 till 31 last year attracted 10 entries.
“This competition was in conjunction with the elevation of Seberang Prai to city status last year.
“It was also held to tap new ideas from the residents themselves, ” he said.
Second prize went to Mohd Hanif Zulkifli, 33, for his design ‘Pangku Rimbun’ while third prize was won by Ahmad Zaini Zainul Abidin, 56, for his design ‘Mercu Dedaun Sungai’.
The winning entries will be submitted to the technical consultants of the council.
The designs will be erected at three main entrances in Seberang Prai.
The locations are Bumbung Lima in north Seberang Prai, Permatang Keling in south Seberang Prai and the Machang Bubok-Kulim border in central Seberang Prai.
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