PETALS for the national flower, the hibiscus, were cut out of old red plastic bags, while recycled Johnson's Kids bottles were turned into a row of Malaysians standing shoulder-to-shoulder in harmony.
Sixty primary school pupils showcased their creativity when they represented their school in the grand finals of the Big Art event, held under the Johnson's Kids Shout for Mother Nature Contest.
Teamwork, originality and presentation were all-important as they raced in the allotted 45 minutes to complete their artwork using recycled materials such as sponges, newspapers, magazines and empty Johnson's Kids bottles.
The pupils impressed the judges with their presentations of national icons, including the hibiscus, the Jalur Gemilang, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and KL Tower.
The team from SK Bandar Temerloh, Pahang, bagged the top prize with its creation of the Petronas Twin Towers and the Malaysian flag. Besides the championship trophy, it received a Sony Home Theatre System worth RM3,500.
Consolation prizes were presented to SK Sri Buntar Triang, Pahang, SK Bandar Tun Razak (2) Kuala Lumpur, SJKC Yuk Chai Petaling Jaya, SJKC Chen Moh Petaling Jaya and SK La Salle Petaling Jaya.
The Johnson's Kids Shout for Mother Nature School Community recycling programme was organised in collaboration with Alam Flora to inculcate environmental awareness among primary school children.
“We want to empower them by encouraging them to work together and do their share for Mother Nature,” said Johnson & Johnson managing director Jun Ali.