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CONGRATULATIONS 2014 WINNERS


Gratitude goes to Clover Moore - LORD MAYOR OF CITY OF SYDNEY for judging this unique competition.


Admiration goes to the YUK sculpture in Hyde Park instigated by Clover.

Admiration too for sculptures that will be created for Sydney in future years . When asked in wartime to cut down expenditure on the arts Winston Churchill said “Well what the hell are we fighting for?” Indeed art is what uplifts us and Clover Moore knows this. Indeed that too is an intention of Art Toppling Tobacco art to put down the tobacco industry and uplift us.

  


LORD MAYOR’S GENERAL REMARKS
Smoking is recognised as the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. Yet a disturbing number of Australians still smoke.

The Australian Heart Foundation says that three out of four smokers want to quit, a statistic that powerfully and sadly underlines the addictive qualities of nicotine.  I thought about this as I judged the many excellent entries in the ART topples tobacco competition. I tried to identify entries that created a compelling image that might help give those smokers trying to quit an added incentive or extra boost to make the leap to a healthier, happier life – like the image of Fay Thomson’s father in WWI - or images that just underlined the dirty, deadly reality of tobacco. I say this as a reformed smoker, someone who knows how difficult it can be, who knows how much help smokers need to quit.

MAIN CATEGORY

1st PLACE
Art Category

  • Elise Martinson - Burwood, NSW Australia
    TITLE: A FRESH START

    I like this entry because it is so striking it will catch the eye, and the message is just so simple: quit. The replacement of a cigarette with a flower helps to remind a smoker of what they could be if they could only quit – a person who’s life is better; a person who once again can smell flowers.


    2nd PLACE
    Art Category

  • Lisa Axiotis - Malvern East, Victoria, Australia
    TITLE: MAD MEN

    This is a very clever retort to a TV show that glamorised smoking: Mad Men. The show did it in a way that was almost deliberately provocative and invited us to be disbelieving about how things once were – along with the sexism and racism it portrayed – but inevitably it made smoking look cool. This image, that mimics the open credits of Mad Men, reminds us of the inevitable end point for most of those characters as a result of their heavy smoking.


    3rd PLACE
    Photography Category

  • Steven Makse - Perth, Western Australia
    TITLE: ASHES TO ASHES

    This image is a powerful symbol that underlines the reality of smoking, the harm that it causes and the simple fact that a lifetime spent smoking will almost inevitably kill you. I hope that such an image could help jolt a smoker enough to seek help.


    HIGHLY COMMENDED

  • Kevin Nguyen - Toronto, Ontario, Canada TITLE: KINDERGARTEN - Photography Category

    This image reminds me of an installation we did in June 2013, a giant sign spelling out the word ‘yuk’ using thousands of used cigarette butts. As with our installation, this image drives home the dirty reality of smoking, juxtaposing it with a children’s playground, something we associate with purity and health.




    KIDS CATEGORY


  • Reine (9 years) Wherrol Flat, NSW  Australia
    TITLE: The Smoking Nightmare

    Reine's piece: 'The Smoking Nightmare' is a well executed and vivid illustration of the darkness and danger she feels attached to those who choose to smoke. Her energetic lines and the creative integration of cigarettes into the work makes this a memorable reminder of the 'darkside of smoking'. The proof that an image with impact can change behaviour, stands true when Reine's dad stopped smoking after her portrayal of smoking. A great example of how one person can contribute to a 'smoke free future'. Congratulations Reine, well deserved.



    Judged by
    Kristine Ballard  - Visual Artist and Creative Concepts



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