“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” -Eleanor Roosevelt –

The beach is one of the five key elements that complete the vision of Port City Colombo. The soft golden beach strip named as Marina is strategically introduced to the topography of PCC, to create that balance in modern-day-living, which allows everyone to peel away the stress and enjoy a relaxing family time gazing at the setting sun.

Theming the beach competition as “Dream”, it is a way of symbolising the very nature of the Marina as it is a true embodiment of a “dream-like” sensation in Port City Colombo. It gives a sense of freedom, belonging, and space where you can truly be yourself in an advancing world. This is what you need to capture in your beach sculpture. Let your imagination run free and attune yourself with the true purpose of the location and conceptualise your art to bring out your version of the Marina dream in a modern world.



Launch of the competition - 29th July 2020


Closing Submissions - 25th August 2020


Round 1 & 2 Jury evaluations - 26th August to 8th September


Selection of Top 3 submissions - 9th September 2020


Mentoring sessions - 10th September to 18th October 2020


Announcing the winner - 4th Week of October 2020

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All the participants must be Sri Lankan undergraduate/graduate student currently enrolled in any registered University in Sri Lanka or studying overseas, who are reading in the fields of Art, Architecture, Design, Engineering and/or any other programme that aligns with creativity.

Former students who have graduated within the last year, are welcome to participate in the competition if the above criteria are met.

The participation can be done as a solo artist or as a team maximum of 03 students, while all the team members need to be within the eligibility criteria stated above.Summary

  • All applicants must be Sri Lankan nationals.
  • All applicants should be undergraduate students currently enrolled in any registered university in Sri Lanka or overseas, who are reading in the fields of Art, Architecture, Design, Engineering and/or any other programme that aligns with creativity.
  • Graduates who have completed their degree in the academic year 2019/2020 are also eligible to apply, provided that criteria 1 & 2 above are met. Proof of completion of the degree has to be submitted.
  • In order to validate your application, the national identity card number is a must.
  • An applicant can apply as a solo applicant and as a member of a team. (A maximum of 2 submissions). An applicant cannot make multiple registrations by using the same NIC number. (ex. If an applicant has already made a registration as a solo contestant to either of competitions, and still willing to submit a group entry to the other competition, same NIC holder should avoid registering as the principal contestant)
  • If an applicant is participating as a team, the team is limited to a maximum of 3 members
  • The submission file(s) should be less than 20mb, in PDF format.


  • The design project submitted to the project should be a unique concept
  • An individual can participate as a solo competitor and as one of the team limited to 03 entrants per team.
  • A competitor can submit, 1 concept per competition irrespective of competing as a solo artist or as a team.
  • The submission must be in 2 A3 size pages, which needs to include a visual of the design in 2 angles, materials proposed for the design, brief on the concept.
  • The submission file(s) should be less than 20mb, in PDF format.
  • Please do not add any personal details on the submission materials (A3 PDFs), as we wish to advance the competition impartially.
  • The winning concept will be constructed at the Marina beach in Port City Colombo premises.
  • The lucky winner will cooperate with an international company in constructing the sculpture
  • The maximum dimensions for the sculpture are 4 meters (length) x 4 meters (width) x 4 meters (height)

Competition Outline

  • All applicants must register through the website to participate in the competition.
  • All submissions must be submitted via this website's online submission portal
  • The system will sort qualified submissions based on Jury’s markings.
  • Twenty (20) submissions will be shortlisted for each competition.
  • Out of the shortlisted 20 submissions, three (03) submissions will be shortlisted for Top 03 Awards and prizes.
  • The selected final round submissions will mandatorily go through an expert panel for its feasibility study
  • A special design consultant will conduct a 02 weeks’ special workshop with the 3 finalist to further develop selected proposals.
  • Honorary mentions will be decided and selected by a panel of experts.


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Need to know more about the competition before you head on?



Senior Textile Designer & Lecture
Shilanthi Abayagunawardana

“As you take on this “New World” of opportunity ,be responsible in your freedom , let wisdom of the past navigate you towards clarity, be brave in your creation ,infuse exceptional value and quality which breathes, timelessness !”

Ruchi Jayanathan

Sculpture to me - is the art of playing with solid and void, navigating the nature and soul of the place and materials in use … to provoke a dialogue, an emotion or a spiritual response

Contemporary Artist & Designer
Anoma Wijewardene

In this cataclysmic and historic moment when public art and statues which are questionable are being torn down it is vital to approach this venture with a deep dive into concept and meaning. Considering the zeitgeist of the moment and also for all time, sharing the universal call for justice and equality, and bringing visual peace and harmony might be a way to approach this opportunity.

Associate Director - Atkins
Xia Yuan

As a landscape designer, he often uses appropriate public art to create the highlights of the city. Good public art is the spiritual wealth of a city, which can resonate with people in culture, entertainment and sometimes emotion. When evaluating the success or failure of a public art work, apart from its aesthetic value, we should also consider the social value it brings, for example a sense of belonging, a sense of pride of the city, the embodiment of regional cultural characteristics, the transmission of positive values, and even the solution of social problems.


The Winner
Tharindu Perera, Pulasthi Handunge & Viranga Waduge
City School of Architecture
Cash Price of 300,000 LKR
Top Three

From round one

Runner Up Rochelle Fernando
Academy of Design
Runner Up Lakal Piyarathna
University of Moratuwa
Tharindu Perera, Pulasthi Handunge & Viranga Waduge
City School of Architecture